2720 Harlem Ave., Riverside

Dr. Milad Nourahmadi, a Chicago area dentist who calls himself “Dr. N: America’s Oral Health Expert” has purchased the small strip mall at 2720 Harlem Ave. in Riverside and plans on renovating it to house the fourth location of his family dental practice and other as-yet unnamed tenants.

Nourahmadi confirmed the purchase of the property, which has just one tenant, a take-out Chinese restaurant, at this time.

“I’m excited to be part of the Riverside community,” Nourahmadi said in an email.

Village President Ben Sells, Village Manager Jessica Frances and Community Development Director Sonya Abt all met with Nourahmadi in September.

Abt, meanwhile, said that she and the dentist’s architect have been conferring on plans for renovating the strip mall’s commercial spaces and updating the building’s façade. Abt said the dental practice will be located in the largest commercial space, which has been vacant since 2013.

Nourahmadi reportedly closed on the property in late August, though the Cook County Recorder of Deeds has not updated the online property records for the parcel. 

Riverside will serve as the fourth location of Nourahmadi’s family dental practice, Shining Smiles. The practice was established in southwest suburban Bolingbrook in 2010 and subsequently opened locations in Plainfield (2013) and Franklin Park (2015).

Nourahmadi also opened Novera Dental, now called Family Dental of Roscoe, in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago. The office is decidedly geared toward the urban professional crowd, a sleek, homey office with good coffee, massaging dental chairs and Netflix screens that patients can control.

The Shining Smiles locations are a bit more traditional, but incorporate environmentally friendly design, kids’ playrooms, refreshment bars, and state-of-the-art technology.

Nourahmadi has a personal website, Dr. N, which positions him as a dental “visionary” and provides contact information for anyone who’d like to book him for TV or other media appearances. He’s appeared several times as a dental expert on the You and Me morning show on The U.

Sells said Nourahmadi expressed interest in possibly acquiring the dry cleaner property immediately north of the strip mall at 2710 Harlem Ave. The village of Riverside has a contract to purchase that property and would like it to become part of a larger development, along with the vacant property at 2704 Harlem Ave., most recently home to TitleMax. 

Riverside is in the process of conducting testing to determine whether the soil needs remediation, but expects to close on the dry cleaning property in November.

Sells said he also told Nourahmadi that the village could serve as an intermediary between him and the owner of the TitleMax property, if Nourahmadi is interested in assembling land for a larger development.

“We suggested to him that he should talk to [the TitleMax owner] about doing something broader and he was open to the idea,” Sells said.

Riverside would like those three properties to serve as an attractive eastern gateway to the village.