Jan 14, 2020 10:28 PM

Dental office project on hold

Posted Jan 14, 2020 10:28 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The prospect of a new dental office coming to the old Target property is on hold and its future is now uncertain.

Aspen Dental announced it was putting the brakes on the new office, which was part of a replat of the Target property. Aspen would have been one of three street-front buildings along 17th Avenue under the developer’s proposal. But now plans for the site have changed, so Aspen announced it will hold off on any development for now.

“My understanding is the development of the Target has either been delayed or may not be happening or may be going elsewhere,” Planning Director Ryan Hvitlok said. “Aspen Dental realized, I think, that they didn’t want to be the only building in that parking lot. So I think they are kind of in a holding pattern.”

Hvitlok could not elaborate on the development and other plans that could be in place.

The Hutchinson City Council tabled action on the replat request in December, but no reason was given at that time. The planning commission recently dropped the replat and the Aspen proposal from the docket.

“The main reason why we canceled the plat was because, under state law, if it’s not acted upon within 60 days, it becomes active,” Hvitlok said. “So we just kind of pulled it off the docket.”

Property owners Noble Hutchinson, LLC, of Fort Worth, Texas, was behind the development. Where it goes from here is unknown.