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Humane Society seeks rezoning

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:21 PM

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The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will seek rezoning approval Monday to develop a 10.6-acre property at Wiscon Road and Colorado Street for an animal shelter, thrift store and other uses.

Shelter officials bought the site last December for $39,000 and plan to operate a shelter, veterinary clinic, office area, dog park, exercise area, pet evacuation center, on-site dog training and a retail-thrift shop.

The property is about 1.5 miles from the current Humane Society facility at Wiscon and Mobley Road, which is also on Monday's agenda. Planning members will consider putting a zoning designation in place at that site that better fits the existing and intended uses of the property.

Joanne Schoch, executive director at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, said in an earlier interview that the new building would have 40 to 50 kennels for dogs and space for 150 to 200 cats.

The current shelter has 17 kennels — which can hold between 17 and 30 dogs — and can hold 50 to 60 cats.

The new structure would also be designed to meet hurricane preparedness standards so that it doubles as a shelter for humans in cases of inclement weather. Plans also include for it to have more private kennels and lower acoustics to reduce dog stress.

A timeline for the project calls for renovations to the current shelter to be completed within 12 to 16 months and for the new shelter to be complete within roughly five years.

The project is slated to cost $1 million to $2 million.

Once new construction is complete, the current building would then be used for isolating animals and wouldn't be open to the public — leaving that instead to the new structure.

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The planning and zoning meeting begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. in downtown Brooksville. (352) 544-5290 or (352) 544-5271

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