Brant SPCA is getting a new home

brantcountyspcalogoThe Brant County SPCA will soon have a new home.

City councillors identified 10 Kraemer’s Way, a parcel of land in the northwest industrial area, as the location for a newly constructed building for the SPCA. Councillors voted in favour of the site at a committee of the whole – operations and administration committee meeting on Monday.

The land is valued at about $490,500 and has been vacant since it became available for use in 2004. Over the past 10 years, the city has received three offers for the property but the offers were scuttled by market conditions or the configuration of the site which makes it difficult for industry develop.

However, the site should be ideal for the SPCA which is looking to construct a 10,000 to 14,000-square-foot building for its new home.

“It makes sense to be there. This is a good choice,” Ward 4 Councillor Dave Wrobel said.

The property will have to be rezoned which will take between four and five months.

The decision Monday will come before council for final approval on Monday.

In August, council approved a plan that will provide the SPCA with a one-time grant of a minimum of 10% of the total project to a limit of $600,000 for a new shelter. Plans also called for the selection of a parcel of city-owned land of about five acres with a list of potential sites to be presented to council by September.

The shelter now being used by the Brant SPCA is beside the city’s landfill site on Mohawk Street which has resulted in a couple of problems including rodents and odor. There are also problems with the underground piping which are difficult to fix and there is a lack of ventilation.

As well, the services provided by the shelter and demands for service have increased tremendously since the shelter was built in 1969.

Tuesday September 23, 2014

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