EAST HENNEPIN — Nonprofit dental service organization Children’s Dental Services (CDS) has purchased the long-vacant building at 728 E. Hennepin Ave. The building will serve as a satellite office for CDS, which is headquartered minutes away at 636 Broadway St. NE.
The nonprofit organization provides dental services to low-income children and pregnant women. CDS offers care in its facilities, but also has a portable care program that brings dental care to schools, Head Start centers and private homes. CDS executive director Sarah Wovcha said the new location features a multi-stall garage that will store much of the organization’s mobile equipment and vehicles.
In addition to storing mobile equipment, the new office will also house administrative offices and a dental clinic. Wovcha said the building’s location on East Hennepin was a major selling point. Not only is it mere minutes away from CDS’ headquarters, it is on a major bus line, the University of Minnesota, and a wide mix of residents. CDS’ staff of roughly 100 people speaks 27 languages and hails from as many countries.
Wovcha said CDS’ headquarters on Broadway used the most environmentally friendly building techniques available when it was remodeled, including solar panels for electricity and geothermal heat and the most efficient insulation and lighting possible. She said the new building will be remodeled in a similar fashion, as environmental responsibility is a key aspect of the organization.
“Our goal is to bring the property up to a better environmental standard and bring a resource into the community that is a role model and a safe, cheerful place for children to receive their dental care,” she said.