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House to go down, therapy business to go up

Demolition on this house, located at 215. S. Second Street, is planned for early September. New owner Tom Nelson plans to build a new business location for River Valley Physical Therapy on the site. (Submitted photos)1 / 2
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Tom Nelson recently bought a house, but he doesn't plan to live in it. Nor does he plan to rent it out to anybody else. He plans to tear it down.

The house, 215 S. Second St., is planned to be demolished in early September to make way for a building for Nelson's business, River Valley Physical Therapy.

One reason Nelson is moving his physical therapy practice is a need for more space. In it's current location, River Valley Physical Therapy has two treatment rooms and three physical therapists.

Another reason for the move is to bring River Valley Physical Therapy closer to the UW-River Falls.

"We do have a good relationship with the athletic trainers at the university," Nelson said. "And therefore, we see a lot of the university athletes. We have also gained a nice reputation among them."

While UWRF athletes make up a good portion of Nelson's clients, River Valley Physical Therapy sees anyone who needs physical therapy. Nelson said he handles anything from sports injuries to post-surgery rehab, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain.

Nelson said River Falls police and fire departments are using the house on Second Street for training maneuvers before its demolition -- planned for early next month.

Construction is planned to begin in late September. Nelson is working with Frisbie Architects to build his new office building, which will include four treatment rooms, additional exercise space and equipment and a separate business office area.

River Valley Physical Therapy is now in the River Center, 215 N. Second St., and has been for 11 years.

Nelson said hopes to have the new building complete and open by the end of the year or early January.

For the full story, please see the Aug. 22 print edition of the River Falls Journal. 

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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