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Dog Adoption Group Announces Plans for New Site

Less than a week after the Almost Home Dog Adoption Center withdrew plans for a facility along Route 441 in Conoy Township, developers announced plans to buy a slightly larger tract just three miles north.

Almost Home’s board of directors have “entered into a letter of intent with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority” to buy a 22.9-acre parcel along Route 441, south of Prescott Road, project spokeswoman Nell McCormack Abom said.

The nonprofit plans to build a $3 million, 19,000-square-foot facility that will house approximately 60 dogs at a time. Dogs will primarily come from Lancaster County, officials said in a previous interview.

The waste authority approached Almost Home directors with an offer to sell, Abom said. The site, she said in an email message sent Wednesday, Feb. 14, “is believed to be an overall better fit.”

Kathryn Sandoe, chief communications officer for the waste authority, said the authority board planned to vote on a proposal to sell the parcel to Almost Home for $236,627.

No date has been set to break ground, Abom noted.

“Almost Home has no projected timeline for completion as we are just beginning a new process of land development approvals from Conoy Township officials,” she explained. “Almost Home’s board is hopeful that the process will run efficiently and smoothly enabling the facility to be built and opened in the not-too-distant future.”

Board chairman Ken Rice said he is “delighted” with the new site.

“We are a step closer to finding forever homes for dogs that have been surrendered by their owners in Lancaster County,” he said in a written statement released by the group. “That’s been the goal since day one and it remains our goal today.”

Waste authority CEO Jim Warner called the agreement a “win-win for all parties involved.”

Sandoe said the authority plans to buy 39 acres near Bainbridge that includes the 17 acres previously eyed for the adoption center.

The land is contiguous to a quarry already owned by the authority, she said, although “there are no specific plans for the land at this time.”

Almost Home released drawings of the proposed building that are identical to plans released for the previous site in December.

Officials said the shelter will provide a “resort-like environment” with soft lighting, glass-enclosed rooms and individual outdoor runs.

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