NAPLES — The building on U.S. 41 that was home to local landmark restaurant Pippin’s for nearly 30 years will be razed soon to make way for dental/medical offices.
Dr. Bradley J. Engle, who operates area offices specializing in periodontal and implant dentistry, has purchased the Naples property at 1390 U.S. 41 N. to expand his local businesses, which include an online video production company. Engle said former NCH Healthcare System CEO Edward Morton, a personal friend of his, has been working with him as a consultant on his new business project.
“This is an opportunity to build something that would have multiple specialties and doctors. Bring a number of offices together,” Engle said.
The new, 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot, two-story building planned for the .86-acre property will have dental and medical offices on the ground floor, and a production studio on the second floor specializing in Internet broadcasting and video streaming, Engle said. Engle’s media company, 1 Media Production, currently works out of the video studio at the Naples News Media Group headquarters, where he produces content for DentalEdu.TV, Engle’s core company.
The company streams high-definition video for both live and on-demand dental continuing education courses to personal computers as well as iPad mobile devices. His digital distribution of more than 130 course titles in a growing library provides an efficient way to earn approved credits, he said.
Engle plans to install a sign on the property promoting his dental offices as soon as his proposal to do so receives a county permit. Also contingent upon permitting, Engle plans to demolish the 6,143-square-foot former restaurant in the next couple of months.
Construction of his new building will begin around the middle of next year or in the third quarter of 2011, he said. The new office will be Engle’s third location.
“It’s a beautiful location really in the heart of Naples,” he said.
Engle, a doctor of dental medicine, has operated offices in North Naples for 11 years and Marco Island for about three years.
Pippin’s, a steak and seafood restaurant known for its extensive salad bar, closed in early August 2007 after being operated by Denny Phillips since 1978. The corner lot retail space, zoned highway commercial, has been vacant in the three years since the restaurant closed.