By jeanne starmack
City council advanced an ordinance that would allow it to give 3.6 acres of city-owned land to a company that wants to build a dental clinic.
Council passed to a second of three required readings the ordinance, which would allow the transfer of land at Woodland Avenue and McCartney Road to United Dental Group LLC. The land used to be the site of a nightclub called Sharkey’s, then later the Essence Lounge. The building has been torn down.
Robert Maruschak, a retired dentist from Poland, and Alvin G. Sullivan, who owns a financial consulting business in Girard, gave council a letter last month that indicates a plan to develop a nine- to 12-chair dental clinic that would offer all phases of dentistry in a 4,000-square-foot, $1.2 million building.
The letter was on paper with the letterhead Dental Products and Services Inc. It refers to “our company” and is signed by Maruschak and Sullivan.
Maruschak told The Vindicator last month that he did not want to discuss specifics about the company that would be building the dental clinic.
Sullivan referred questions to Maruschak.
Maruschak, who pleaded guilty to felony drug charges in 2006, said he is not an owner of the company but is the “project manager” and will be the clinic director.
He said he would not practice dentistry there.
The Ohio State Dental Board notified him he was under review after his drug conviction, and he voluntarily surrendered his license in 2007. He is not allowed to practice in Ohio.
According to Vindicator files, Maruschak pleaded guilty to selling or trying to sell Vicodin and writing, selling or knowingly possessing false or forged prescriptions for that drug. He was sentenced to three years’ probation.
City Administrator Jack Dill said city officials still are investigating whether to enter into an agreement with the company for the land.
Mayor Bill VanSuch said he sponsored the legislation to “get it started.”
“There’s nothing that’s going to be in [Maruschak’s] name,” he said.