AUBURN – Without opposition, it was over in 15 minutes after months of discussion.
The Auburn Plan Commission gave final approval Tuesday night to Andrew Dircksen, owner of Auburn Animal Care Clinic, to proceed with construction of a new facility at 2222 Hunters Cove, located at the corner of SR 8 and CR 35. .
Dircksen, who has owned the property for three years, first pitched the project last fall. Since then, modifications have been made to the original plan to meet the recommendations of the city.
The current plan was approved with one condition, which has already been fulfilled by Dircksen. With the approval of the condition, Dircksen will now allow an easement from his parking lot to a nearby parking lot once it is in use.
Dircksen, who opened his current clinic in 1989 at 1303 E. 7th St., said his practice simply outgrew its current location. The new location will double the size of the cabinet.
Dircksen said after Tuesday night’s meeting that he wasn’t sure when construction on the new facility would begin.
The new one-story building will be 6,760 square feet with 38 parking spaces. It will include reception halls for canine and feline patients, seven examination rooms, two surgery rooms, a dental room, a laboratory, an x-ray room, a staff lounge, a pharmacy, a consultation room and various storage spaces and offices. There will be an entrance/exit at the southwest corner of the lot — this will be used primarily during end-of-life services, where customers enjoy privacy. There will be another entrance/exit at the northeast corner of the building.
Kellie Knauer, administrator of construction, planning and development for the City of Auburn, said the proposed plan meets all of the city’s Auburn 2040 initiatives and complies with all zoning standards.
The board unanimously agreed that the clinic’s development plan is consistent with Auburn’s overall plan.
Joe Gabet of ForeSight Consulting LLC said he believes he has a plan that works and fits the location.
“It has been discussed several times. We’ve been through a lot of issues over the past few months,” said commission chair Don Myers. “Time to put him to bed. I think it’s a good plan personally.
Approval of new construction was the only item on the Auburn Plan Commission’s agenda at Tuesday night’s special meeting.