« on: June 21, 2016, 10:24:14 am »
Currently the KC Pet project is in a 14,000 square foot building from 1972 with an additional 2,000 square foot facility to conduct surgery's (band aid approach). The proposal will put in a 60,000 square foot facility with plans to have outdoor areas as well for the pets. This will enable them to house about 500 animals very easily. The average time for animals in the shelter is 19 days. They currently have about 10,000/year that go through there. Since KC Pet Project took over the facility in 2012, they city has provided about $1.3 mil of the needed $3.2 mil needed to operate. Because 93% of the animals survive this is considered a "no kill" shelter and the 3rd largest in the country. Aligning the location with nature center and the zoo is a good fit. Swope Park has an average of about 2 mil visitors a year, with close to a million going to the Zoo, and about 300k going to Starlight. The traffic would increase in that area to the tune of about 15-20 cars an hour, a nominal increase that Gregory will easily absorb.
The plan is to gain approval by all city council this year, and send it to the voters in a 2017 ballot. They will put the initiative in a package with other infrastructure needs, roads, bridges, sidewalks (so the city will pay for replacing sidewalks, not the home owners), when I asked about plan "B", no one seemed to think that a plan B would be needed. As a former T-Mobile employee this reminds me of the AT&T attempt to buy T-Mobile, and everyone on the T side thought it would be a no-brainer...fast forward to declined by the justice department, T-Mobile closed 1/2 of its call centers, went into a massive hiring freeze, and almost had to close operations.
What does that mean? I don't know, but to me it means that nothing is in stone yet. There is CLEARLY a need for this facility and I for one think that this is a great chance for us as a disc golf community to improve our course options in Swope. So I am hopeful we continue to move forward, but there will be hurdles abounding and I wanted to give a little more idea of where this is currently at.