By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Dearborn Animal Shelter will begin construction on its new facility at 16121 Michigan Ave. following approval of its exterior design.
At the Aug. 15 City Council meeting the agenda item passed giving the shelter a green light for the plans created by the Neumann/Smith architecture firm.
The new 16,000-square-foot facility will sit on a 2.2-acre parcel of land that was donated by the city. It will be an upgrade from the current Greenfield Road location.
Employees and volunteers are working out of a 4,000-square-foot facility along with five trailers and using two storage units to serve 2,500 animals annually.
The focus for the shelter, however, is the interior design which will give the animals and employees more space, sound control and light.
“For the new shelter its not about how it looks but more about how it functions,” Dearborn Animal Shelter Executive Director Elaine Greene said. “We’ll have better air exchange, double compartments for animals and separation of cats and dogs.”
Following Labor Day the construction on phase one of the project, which features an adoption center will begin. The center will serve as the holding facility for animals, which has been outgrown at the current shelter.
Phase two fundraising will continue to raise money for the animal intake and housing space along with employee offices and support spaces.
The shelter has raised $4.7 million of its $5.7 million goal through its capital campaign which began in 2010.
The shelter will host its Black Tie & Tails benefit at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., to raise money for the facility’s annual operations.
For more information on the fundraiser, new shelter or to donate call 313-943-2697 or go to www.metrodetroitanimals.org.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)