HOBART | The Board of Works approved a cleanup request and offered a warm welcome to the administrator of a newly opened pain control clinic.
Ujwala Puranik, a practice administrator for Centers for Pain Control, requested approval Wednesday to remove scrub trees and bushes from the north side of the business.
"Nothing has been done there since the business was last occupied," board member Richard Lain said.
The clinic, which welcomed its first patient last week, is in the former Greener's store, 201 Main St. Greener's, a longtime downtown apparel store, has been closed for some time.
Hobart building official Mike Hannigan said approximately $250,000 was spent by the new owners renovating the first phase of the pain clinic.
Another estimated $250,000 will be spent when the owners tackle the second phase of the renovation, Hannigan said.
"I commend you on opening the new business. We appreciate your investment in the downtown," Mayor Brian Snedecor told Puranik.
Puranik said the newly opened pain clinic has three board-certified doctors specializing in pain management and anesthesiology.
Rehabilitation services and two chiropractors also are available.
The clinic accepts walk-in patients as well as referrals, Puranik said.
Puranik said the Centers for Pain Control already has clinics in Valparaiso and LaPorte.
The clinic also plans to add a surgical center.