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TMH Rehabilitation Center goes downtown

The Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is moving into the old JC Penney building at 473 Yampa Ave. from its old location in Centennial Mall. The space, which has been vacant for over a year, will be open for business near the start of the new year.

The Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is on the move.

The center, which has resided in Centennial Mall for over 15 years, is setting up shop in a new location at 473 Yampa Ave. in the old JC Penney building.

Previously occupied by Rehabilitation Center of Craig, the building has been vacant for 13 months.

Building owner Jim Simos said he is pleased to finally have the space filled.

"I really think it's good," Simos said. "It's gonna be good for lower downtown. And anything that goes on on Main Street is good for the city."

TMH Rehabilitation Center specializes in physical therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy, treating everything from headache pain to orthopedic and sports-related injuries, according to the TMH website.

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Jennifer Riley, chief of marketing and business development at TMH, didn't want to waste any time letting people know about the move. Passersby will notice new window coverings that add a splash of color to the 400 block of Yampa, which were up in time for the big Halloween bash downtown on Friday.

Riley expressed excitement about the change both from a marketing perspective and a community member perspective.

"Visibility is one thing. Just the fact that we're going to be on Yampa Avenue," said Riley. Also, "it's a local person who owns that building. It supports downtown… and it's good for us as a business."

The boost in downtown traffic that the soon-to-be occupied space will provide is welcome news to other downtown business owners as well.

"That's such a big beautiful building and we just hate to have an empty building," said Karen Brown, president of Downtown Business Association and manager of the Community Budget Center on Yampa Avenue. "Any time there's something in there, it brings people downtown.”

As one of the largest buildings on the block, the empty space was conspicuous.

"It's cavernous," said Craig Mayor Terry Carwile, who also owns Downtown Books on Yampa Avenue. "Vacant buildings go from assets when they're occupied to liabilities when they're vacant in a very quick time."

TMH anticipates that the move will be complete and the center open for business by the start of the new year.

The change comes on the heels of a turbulent period for the hospital, which is making an effort to reach out to the community.

This year, TMH CEO John Rossfeld and Riley have attended many Moffat County Commissioner and Craig City Council meetings and have also initiated the Joint Economic Development Committee, a partnership between Craig's most prominent business leaders and city organizations to discuss economic improvements in the area.

"We are aware of how difficult it is to maintain a community, and we want to be a part of the downtown community," Riley said.

Carwile, as both a politician and business owner, is plenty familiar with that difficulty as well, and he is glad for the new development.

"More economic activity is good for downtown," Carwile said. "We are so pleased to see the current tenants in there. I think it helps the whole business environment."

For more details on some of the services that will be available at the new site, read this week’s Living Well column from TMH.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.

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