Location could soon be chosen for new, Lubbock animal shelter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/09

Location could soon be chosen for new, Lubbock animal shelter

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock could have a site for the new animal shelter a week from Thursday.  That was the latest from Lubbock City Councilman Todd Klein Thursday night.  Klein spoke to around 60 people at the Humane Society of West Texas' meeting.

He says right now, city leaders are considering two locations, one at McKenzie Park and the other near the Berl Huffman Complex. Several participants at Thursday's meeting were not satisfied with either choice. Some say McAlister Park is the best option, but Klein and Deputy City Manager Tom Adams say traffic and safety concerns at that location make it a poor choice.

Klein says it's time to pick a location so building can move forward.  "It has gone on longer than I would have liked, I think, and the other council members, in fairness to them, also would share that. I think the desire is to go ahead and get that site selected as early as a week from now," Klein said. 

Adams says the city has around $3-million saved up for a shelter. He has proposed building it in phases.  "We'll probably look at a phased approach, building what we can now with the money that's available, and then in the future, as more funds become available, we can finish the project," Adams said. 

Adams suggests building a no-kill, adoption center first. He says the city could use the current facility as a control shelter until the second phase can be completed.

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