New pharmacy gets green light on Oskaloosa square
by Dennis Sharkey
A new full-service pharmacy should open on the Oskaloosa square barring any set backs.
Mayor Mike Paavola said on Friday that Pia Friend notified him last week that the loan for the purchase of the old Harvey’s Hardware building had been approved. Paavola said he had not heard about an official closing yet but saw the phone call as good news.
“I’d like to get this thing wrapped up,” he said.
The city sold the building to the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital Foundation for $65,000. The Hospital plans on using the entire space. They have said the store will feature a pharmacy and other items much like a CVS or a Walgreens. The hospital may also offer other types of services.
The city has been without a pharmacy after Parker’s Gifts pharmacy was shut down more than four years ago.
The hospital had no plans for the rear and basement area of the building. That part of the building has been offered to the city to rent for the police department. Currently the police department has no office.
The city purchased the building in December 2009 when the business closed with the idea of making it into City Hall. Months after the purchase the council realized there were no monies to renovate the building. Some in the community also expressed concerns about taking a business building on the Sqaure off the tax rolls.
The only person on the current city council who was involved in the building’s purchase is Paavola, who was a councilman at the time.
The council made an offer for the American Legion building on Delaware but that building is no longer for sale. The city still owns a lot next to the Independent office.
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