Whitehall News

Tax abatement set for dental office on Main Street


Whitehall City Council is expected to approve a two-year income-tax incentive for Alpha Dental upon its occupation of the former Photographics of Columbus building, 4121 E. Main St.

The deal would provide the dental office with a two-year, 50 percent income-tax abatement.

Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff introduced draft legislation approving the deal at the April 8 meeting of council committees.

The ordinance establishes the terms of the deal and the requirements of Alpha Dental to qualify for the incentive.

It was scheduled to be introduced at the Tuesday, April 15, meeting of City Council. The ordinance is expected to receive three readings, Woodruff said, and if so would be adopted at the May 20 council meeting.

"This was offered to Alpha Dental in November before they bought the property (and) was instrumental in their decision to do business in Whitehall," Woodruff said.

He said legislation for the economic incentive was held back until Alpha Dental obtained the required zoning and variances needed to open the office, including the rezoning of adjacent property needed for patient parking.

Upon occupying the 8,000-square-foot building, Whitehall will pay Alpha Dental, for a period of two years, an amount equal to 50 percent of the income tax withholding for its employees.

Alpha Dental should create six to eight jobs with a payroll of at least $156,000 when it opens about Aug. 1, Woodruff said.

"But we expect it to be a little higher," Woodruff said.

As part of the city's requirement to obtain a small-business tax incentive, Alpha Dental is required to remain in Whitehall for at least two years following the expiration of the two-year term of the incentive.

The company also must meet staffing and minimum payroll requirements each of the four years, which are at least five employees and a payroll equal to at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage.

"We're excited for Alpha Dental to open in Whitehall," Woodruff said.

The Whitehall site will be the second central Ohio location for Alpha Dental, following the opening of an office on West Broad Street, and the fourth Ohio office overall, following those in Ashland and Logan, where the first Alpha Dental opened in 2010.