Dr. Taylor Townsend building new office
SPRUCE PINE – Spruce Pine dentist Dr. Taylor Townsend will soon have his practice in a new, more efficient building.
Townsend has announced his plans to build a new office directly behind his existing office on Broad Street off Altapass Highway. He said he never wanted to entertain moving far, as being close to the hospital is an ideal location and after some initial architectural designs and planning, found the best idea is continuing to use the existing lot but rethinking the design of the building.
Townsend’s current office was built as a residence in 1940 and has gone through multiple remodels.
“It was never designed to be a dental office,” Townsend said. “The building has aged to where it’s no longer serviceable.”
Townsend opened his Spruce Pine practice in 2008, and he knew he’d have to plan for a new building eventually. As such, planning for his new building began more than two years ago.
“Because we’ve decided to be here indefinitely we had to do a new building,” he said. “If I’m going to be practicing here for another 20 years, it needed to happen.”
Townsend hopes to move into the new building this coming March. The project has two phases, however, the second of which should begin in April or May and involve tearing down the old building and using the open space for the remainder of the new building.
“We wanted to take our time and get our ducks in a row so we could have a seamless transition,” Townsend said. “We have longed for a space that allows us to do dentistry the way we intend to.”
The new building will be about 3,000-square feet – roughly the same as the old building. The difference, Townsend said, is how he uses the space. Townsend estimates his practice was using about half or two-thirds of the available space in the old building.
All of the space in the new building will be designed with the intent of being more open and will have no stairs for entry. The design, Townsend added, is entirely focused on the needs of his staff and patients.
“We are blessed that we’ve been able to do some great things,” Townsend said. “But we are looking forward to a new space that allows us to do that level of dentistry and more.”