Dog swimming center moves forward despite doubts

Avon

By Nicole Hennessy

Not everyone on Avon Planning Commission was convinced an indoor dog pool is a great idea.

Even those who voted “yes” were skeptical of the proposed 7,468-square-foot Doggie Paddle Aquatic Center, though the plan was ultimately approved by the Planning Commission April 19.

The only “no” vote came from commission member James Malloy, who expressed doubts about a planned outdoor area near residents’ homes and the fact that the owner was not present to clear up any questions.

Nearby residents expressed concerns about potential noise or odors, which the commission addressed by approving the plans based on the modification that the outdoor dog area would need to be placed at the front of the facility rather than in back, near homes.

The proposed aquatic center, which will be located on Colorado Avenue across from Mulligan’s Pub & Grille, plans to be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will include two indoor pools, which six dogs can utilize at one time. No more than 12 dogs will be permitted in the facility at once.

There will also be a members-only lounge, dog therapy room, dog fountain, indoor dog play area, calm down zone, indoor track and dog wash area.

During the presentation, Malloy referred to the plans skeptically as “a unique concept.”

Sheri Kellner, who lives near the proposed facility, expressed similar concerns that had been addressed by commission members and other residents, though she admitted, she doesn’t want to see any business built near her home.

Contact Nicole Hennessy at nicohenness@gmail.com

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