The city’s new animal shelter could finally have a new home by next Wednesday.
Lodi City Council is set to approve a resolution on its consent schedule that would designate part of Pixley Park as the site of the future Animal Services Facility.
Additionally, the resolution would authorize the city manager’s office to sign an agreement with Stockton-based LDA Partners, Inc. to design the shelter, located at 1041 Auto Center Drive, for $992,000.
According to Wednesday’s staff report, funding for the project is available from savings associated with the refinancing of the city’s 2012 rental revenue obligations.
Some $900,000 will be allocated from the City’s general fund, and another $300,000 from the 2021-2022 capital improvement project fund will be used.
The existing shelter, located at 1345 W. Kettleman Lane, was built in 1958 and is just 2,800 square feet.
Although it was expanded in 1983, staff said it was undersized, outdated, and did not meet modern requirements for comprehensive animal care.
The Lodi Police Department, which operates the shelter as part of its animal services division, first proposed a new facility at a March city council meeting. Since that time, four locations had been chosen as potential sites: 22 E. Locust St.; city-owned property on Century Boulevard and Stockton Street; 500 S. Guild Avenue; and 1040 Auto Center Drive.
During a council shirt session on April 5, the Guild Avenue and Auto Center Drive sites – both of which are 2 acres in size – were chosen as the best locations.
At an April 13 community meeting about the shelter, LDA Partners staff said the Auto Center Drive site was near a public center — the Kettleman and Cherokee lane area — and was in a less industrial area than the Thurman Road and Guild Avenue site.
It is also adjacent to future Pixley Park and allows for expansion into vacant land directly east of the site, they said.
While the Guild Avenue site had corner visibility on Thurman Road, it was too close to a utility facility and railway tracks, the latter of which can cause anxiety in animals when trains pass through the area .
The site is also further away from the public center and interaction with the community.
The proposed shelter will have holding areas for 30 cats and approximately 27 dogs, as well as larger visitation rooms for prospective pet owners to interact with the animals.
There will be large viewing rooms in front of glass windows so that visitors can get a better view of the cats and dogs, and the dog runs and viewing rooms will both be larger and contain fewer animals. animals at a time.
The plan is also to create a larger, more user-friendly, open and inviting lobby with a “retail” spirit that will encourage visitors to adopt a pet.
City staff said at the community meeting that crews are expected to start by summer 2023, with completion scheduled for the following summer.
At its April 26 shirt meeting, the board favored the Auto Center Drive location, as well as the inclusion of veterinary services at the facility.
Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. It will also be broadcast live on www.facebook.com/CityofLodi.