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The doctor is in, new digs

“Friendly eminent domain” process proves to be a benefit

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:02 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Chiropractor Stanley Henderson is one of the first businesses to move out of Spruce Street in Newhall, which will be the location of the future Newhall Library.

When Dr. Stanley Henderson set up his chiropractic office on Spruce Street in the mid-1980s, he envisioned being a part of the eventual revitalization of downtown Newhall.

He didn’t expect to one day hear that his building was going to be razed to make way for that redevelopment.

In fall of 2007, he said a neighboring business owner asked if Henderson had seen the city’s redevelopment plans, which called for the eventual elimination of the three buildings at the corner of Spruce Street and Lyons Avenue.

“We were planning to retire there,” Henderson said of the practice he and his wife, Kim, established in 1981. “It took a few months to get over the shock.”

On Monday, after five months of preparation, the Placerita Canyon resident opened the doors to White Light Chiropractic’s new offices, located at 25050 Peachland Ave., and had nothing but good things to say about the “friendly eminent domain” process the city went through to acquire his Spruce Street location.

Santa Clarita paid $1.25 million for the downtown Newhall office last year.

Along with Henderson’s former building, the spaces housing the Just Passing Thru piercing shop and Paws for Fun, a pet shop, will eventually make way for a new library the city plans to build.

“(The city was) very open to the process of wanting to accommodate our needs,” Henderson, 52, said Wednesday. “This office is much better.

“There’s a blessing in every crisis.”

When it comes to the city’s redevelopment efforts in Newhall, he remains hopeful.

“My fingers are crossed,” he said. “I know it’s been tough for a lot of the businesses down there.”

The new White Light offices are the same size as before — 2,200 square-feet — but with a different layout. It’s also about three times bigger than Henderson’s first, 720-square-foot office on Walnut Street.

As an aside, the building that’s White Light’s new home has seen its own rebirth of sorts. In December 2006, a fire gutted the two-story complex, leaving it vacant for months. Henderson is one of a handful of doctors to move into the rehabilitated building.



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