Wayside Waifs, the local no-kill animal shelter, wants to do a $5.8 million expansion.
The Grandview Board of Aldermen on Jan. 10 had a public hearing on whether to grant a conditional use permit to allow the shelter to make significant improvements and expansions of their property. A conditional use permit is necessary because of the shelter’s status as a kennel, which isn’t allowed without a special permit. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project on January 4.
Wayside Waifs has been a victim of its own success, in terms of space.
“We’ve just run out of room,” Cynthia Smith, the shelter’s president, told Grandview officials. “Our surgery suite is in a room no larger than a common bathroom, and we’ve got three operating tables in there.”
The entire job should be finished in about two to three years, Smith said.
“I love to brag about Wayside Waifs in Grandview,” said Mayor Steve Dennis. “This is something we’re very proud of.”
The board is expected to approve the plan at its Jan. 24 regular session.