Mackenzie Park approved as new animal shelter location - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/9/09

Mackenzie Park approved as new animal shelter location

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday in executive session the Lubbock City Council voted 5-2 in favor of the Mackenzie Park location, near I-27 and the Marsha Sharp Freeway.

An empty lot in Mackenzie park will soon be Lubbock's new animal shelter as decided on Thursday by city council. "We are now ready to go forward, we are going to have to work on the price, we have $3.5 million dollars minus some money that's been expended as a part of that project already," said Lubbock Councilman Todd Klein. 

Klein says currently the cost for the new shelter is set at $6-million, but he is interested in trimming that down if it doesn't sacrifice quality. "I don't want to compromise the quality of the water resistant, disease resistant materials, the sound baffling all of those acoustic aspects which in the long term will make that a longer lived facility," said Klein. 

Mayor Tom Martin and Councilman John Leonard voted against this location, and while Klein says no location is perfect, Mackenzie seemed the most practical. "Is it central, no, and that would be one of my preferences quite frankly, but that just didn't pan out in the long process that lead us to that point," he said.

Klein also says Mackenzie Park could have the option for expanding. "We could also do things like maybe a dog park at some point and other aspects, you can again build off of this, so it has enough of expandability in terms of a footprint and that's a good thing," said Klein. 

Now that a location has been decided upon, Klein says the next step is an engineering analysis to figure out a practical price for the shelter.

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