Mace Med­i­cal to ex­pand to Dun­dalk

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

The for­mer Dun­dalk Moose Lodge at 2800 Sollers Point Road will be torn down to make way for med­i­cal of­fices.

The 10,270-square-foot build­ing, which sits on nearly three acres, was pur­chased by Es­sex-based Mace Med­i­cal last Oc­to­ber for $825,000.

The Dun­dalk Moose be­gan life in Spar­rows Point, or­ga­nized by steel and ship work­ers in 1929. By the 1940s, mem­bers be­gan rais­ing funds to build a ded­i­cated Moose lodge. Af­ter years of work, they were able to take out a loan and build a hall in 1949. The loan was paid off in 1958.

For decades, the Dun­dalk Moose lodge has served as

both a so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tion and a char­i­ta­ble one, con­tribut­ing to schools and or­ga­ni­za­tions across the area.

Fac­ing a de­cline in mem­ber­ship and rise in in­sur­ance and main­te­nance costs, the lodge was put up for sale in 2016.

That same year, the Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil voted to des­ig­nate the area around the lodge as the Mer­ritt-Sollers Point Com­mer­cial Re­vi­tal­iza­tion District.

As part of the district, which also in­cludes the for­mer Harold’s Bar and sev­eral other nearby stores, restau­rants and other small busi­nesses, build­ing own­ers en­joy spe­cial tax cred­its, loans and other in­cen­tives.

Other com­mer­cial re­vi­tal­iza­tion dis­tricts in the area in­clude the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter and the in­ter­sec­tion of Mer­ritt Boule­vard and Wise and Ho­labird av­enues.

As for the for­mer Moose lodge site, it will soon be home to a new one-story, 14,400 square-foot branch of Mace Med­i­cal.

Plans, ac­cord­ing to Mace Med­i­cal’s Dr. John Lee, call for the raz­ing of the cur­rent build­ing.

While the time­line is still un­cer­tain, Lee noted that “we cer­tainly ex­pect con­struc­tion to be­gin some­time next year.”

The project, he ex­plained, has been de­layed al­ready. A ten­ta­tive open­ing in the new lo­ca­tion is slated for 2020.

Once built, the new Mace Med­i­cal lo­ca­tion will fo­cus on pri­mary care, with some spe­cial­ized doc­tors on site.

Calling it a “one stop shop,” Lee noted there there will be a mul­ti­tude of dif­fer­ent doc­tors un­der one roof.

The branch will also of­fer evening and Satur­day hours for pa­tients.

“It’s ba­si­cally go­ing to be a mir­ror-im­age of what we do here in Es­sex,” Lee said.

Cur­rently, Mace Med­i­cal — at 1124 Mace Av­enue in Es­sex — has six doc­tors and a nurse prac­ti­tioner. Those pro­fes­sion­als would al­ter­nate be­tween the Dun­dalk and Es­sex lo­ca­tions.

Even­tu­ally, Lee noted, they plan to in­crease the num­ber of doc­tors on staff.

Ac­cord­ing to Lee, the move to Dun­dalk will serve to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing prac­tice while of­fer­ing more con­ve­nient ser­vice to the many Dun­dalk pa­tients who travel to Es­sex to see doc­tors.

“We’re bust­ing at the seams here in Es­sex,” Lee said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the move will bring more pri­mary care doc­tors to Dun­dalk.

Cur­rently, Lee claimed, there are not many pri­mary care doc­tors tak­ing new pa­tients in the Dun­dalk area.

While they work to build their new lo­ca­tion, Mace is look­ing to lease a tem­po­rary of­fice space in the Dun­dalk area.

Pa­tients and those seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion can call 410291-6996 or visit macemed. com.

FILE PHOTO

The Dun­dalk Moose on Sollers Point Road.

FILE PHOTO

Dun­dalk Moose Lodge 1228 and its three-acre par­cel on Sollers Point Road were sold last Oc­to­ber.

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