Dr. nicole wax buys union block in linden – tri-county times_ news for fenton, linden, holly mi

Dr. Nicole Wax has purchased the Union Block corner in Linden, digging her roots even deeper into the community where she grew up and now owns her own business, Wax Orthodontics.

Wax announced that she made the purchase for an undisclosed price from the LaFontaine family, which has owned the property since 2008.

According to real estate records, the LaFontaine family paid $186,000 for the seven parcels of land involved. The purchase was made after a fire on May 18, 2007 destroyed the historical buildings, which anchored Union Block. The buildings were demolished in August 2007, to make room for future development.

That development has never happened, slowed down by the recession in those years, followed by a underground gasoline leak discovered in 2014 at the Beacon & Bridge gas station, affecting many downtown properties, including Union Block

When asked about the impact of the gasoline leak, Wax said, “I just recently acquired the property after closing on it a few weeks ago. There are a lot of unknowns. I’m going to work around all the obstacles and jump in. It’s going to take a lot of planning. Eventually, I plan to develop it. My office is here in downtown Linden and I already know I’m going to outgrow the space.”

Wax opened Wax Orthodontics in June 2014, next to Coney Café at 123 North Bridge St.

“So much is going on in Fenton,” she added. “We need a little of that energy. We need someone to take that risk in Linden. I’m going to be that person.”

Wax plans to research what’s going to be best for the area, what will bring the most people to Linden.

Linden City Manager Paul Zelenak is excited that someone has taken an active interest in downtown Linden’s most valuable corner. “We’ll have to wait and talk to Dr. Wax and see what she’s planning. We’re really looking forward to seeing what her ideas are for that property.”

Wax may not know for sure how the site will be developed, but she knows she will be around to see it to fruition. “I’m going to retire here,” she said “This property is definitely going to be a priority for me.”

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