Eye Care Center to open tomorrow

January 10, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Eye Care Center, which has completed renovation of one of Havre de Grace's biggest eyesores, will open tomorrow at the former Acme Food store building at Revolution Street and Bloomsbury Avenue.

The center, a joint venture by The Hirsch Eye Group and Vision Associates Inc., has taken over a structure built in the late 1950s that has been vacant for several years. The 14,640-square-foot center was designed by Getz-Taylor Architects of Havre de Grace and cost $1.4 million.

Havre de Grace's Vision Associates, founded in 1968 by Dr. Barry Fuller, will provide primary care -- such as eye examinations -- and The Hirsch Eye Group will offer medical and surgical treatment.

Hearing Associates, which will offer diagnostic hearing services, also will be housed in the building.

The Hirsch Eye Group, owned by Dr. Dahlia Hirsch who runs the ophthalmology practice, will occupy about 7,000 square feet, or about twice the area of its present office in the Medical Arts Building near Harford Memorial Hospital.

The Hirsch family has a strong political and professional presence in the city. Dr. Gunther Hirsch, the retired general practitioner and present mayor of Havre de Grace, opened his general medical practice at the Medical Arts Building 30 years ago. The building, at 131 South Union Ave., was designed by his wife, Poldi, an architect.

Their three daughters, all physicians, had their practices in the Medical Arts Building until Dr. Dahlia Hirsch moved last week to the Eye Care Center. Dr. Elaine Hirsch, chief of podiatry at Harford Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Edna Hirsch, chief of dentistry at the hospital, will remain at the Medical Arts Building.

The one-story center was renovated instead of razed because it kept building costs down by about 50 percent, the architects said.

Construction was begun May 20 by LoZito Contracting Inc. of Cockeysville in Baltimore County.

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The Philadelphia Electric Co. announced the start of a $32 million modernization project at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.

Alan G. Mitchell, PECO hydro electric production manager, said the improvements were part of a long-term strategy to replace mechanical equipment, improve operating efficiency and increase the generating capacity of the company's two hydro plants -- Conowingo and the Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility upriver in Lancaster County, Pa.

Mr. Mitchell said that the modernization program is "an investment in future electric generation at Conowingo and the single largest undertaking at the site since 1964," when the plant's capacity was expanded with four additional turbine generators.

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The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners approved a conditional use permit allowing Pep Boys to build a 22,000-square-foot automobile repair shop on Baltimore Pike near Atwood Road.

Proposals for buildings larger than 7,500-square-feet or auto repair shops require a conditional use permit.

The national chain will build a 12-bay shop between the Bel Air Plaza Texaco service stations and Decker's Wines and Spirits liquor store.

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