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May 5, 2013

City plans groundbreaking for animal shelter

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville is preparing to break ground on significant renovations to the city’s animal control shelter.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the shelter, 5800 Joe Ramsey Boulevard.

The City Council voted in March to award an almost $670,000 bid to Concord Commercial Services, Inc. of Balch Springs.

The project involves tearing down the existing animal control office building, adding an office area to the current dog kennel, updating the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) and renovating the dog kennel area and the isolation building.

Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim said the office building is in need of demolition due to cracks in the walls and floors and that the new construction would provide a nicer office area for citizens to adopt, reclaim, and surrender animals to the shelter.

Updating the HVAC inside the shelter is also expected to create more frequent air exchanges to help control the odor problem and benefit the health of the animals in the shelter.

City Manager Steve Alexander said, provided there is no major growth spurt in Greenville during the interim, that the shelter could be viable for another 20 years.

 The funds for the renovation were included among the almost  $2.4 million in certificates of obligation the Council agreed to issue in February.

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