Veterinarian Dr. Giovanni Vergel should break ground in the coming weeks on a new Crystal Lake Animal Hospital across the street from his current office on S. John Young Parkway.
Vergel plans to build a 6,672-square-foot building on a 1.48-acre parcel at 12210 Crystal Commerce Way, according to a notice of commencement filed within the past week listing C.E. Joseph Constructors Inc. of Maitland as general contractor.
Vergel bought the land for $700,000 from Casselberry-based Greater Properties Inc., on Feb. 22. That same day, he borrowed $2.99 million through a mortgage on the property from CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank.
GrowthSpotter reported in December that Crystal Creek Animal Hospital had filed a Development Plan with the county for a relocated and expanded facility just west of its current leased spot in a strip mall on John Young Parkway. The new animal hospital will be directly northeast of a third phase of the Fountains at Crystal Creek condominiums.
Vergel did not respond on Wednesday to requests for comment.
Crystal Lake Animal Hospital offers specialty and routine care for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, mice/rats, squirrels, guinea pigs, hamsters and potbellied pigs, according to its website.
Services at the clinic include digital radiography, laser surgery, cold laser therapy, ultrasound, vaccinations, check-ups, hospitalization and emergency care. The hospital also boards pets.
Vergel got his doctorate in veterinary medicine in August 2001 from the University of Ciencias Aplicadas & Ambientales in Bogota, Columbia. Six months after graduation he moved to the United States. After completing his boards and certification to practice in this country, he worked for six years as an associate veterinarian at an animal hospital in Seminole County.