PetSuites pet daycare arrives in downtown Shawnee
A new pet boarding business is coming to downtown Shawnee.
PetSuites, a national pet services brand, plans to build a new location on approximately four acres of vacant land in the Parkway Village Mall, near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Barker Road.
TM Crowley & Associates, an Indianapolis developer for PetSuites, is leading the project, which includes an approximately 11,000 square foot new commercial building providing boarding, daycare, grooming and dog and cat training services.
After some deliberation on the amenities of the facility as well as the parking lot and appearance of the building, the Shawnee Planning Commission voted on July 7 by 8-0 to approve a site plan and recommend approval. of a final dish for the project.
Shawnee City Council is expected to review the final plaque on July 26.
Commissioners Genise Luecke, Carol Norman and Steven Wise were absent.
Increasingly Popular Pet Services
Bryan Moll, director of TM Crowley Moll, said pet boarding services have been popular lately, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Lots of families picked up animals, spent a lot of time at home, and with people back to work, business has been very good for PetSuites across the country,” Moll said. “We feel like we have a great project and we are delighted to launch it. “
The facility can house between 80 and 100 animals, but PetSuites is rarely at full capacity, according to the developer.
The facility will include an outdoor play area, but no outdoor kennels or outdoor sleeping areas are included in the plans. A 7-foot-high white fence will surround the outdoor areas, including an outdoor area dedicated to dogs that are less social with other animals.
The fence is designed to protect pets from the surrounding area, including a residential area, a park, and some offices and commercial buildings.
Garage doors will lead to three outdoor play areas, equipped with awnings and foggers to keep animals cool. The outdoor areas have sod for maintenance and cleaning purposes.
Commissioner Kathy Peterson wanted to ensure that the lawn cleaning system is adequate and safe rather than entering the ground or the public sewer system. The proponent assured that the drainage system and cleaning products will be integrated into the public sewer network.
Most of the interior of the facility will include a reception area with the sale of certain products such as dog food, toys and treats. The rest of the space is used for training, grooming and indoor boarding. The interior areas of the kennel also have TVs and “cozy” areas for pets, Moll said.
Shawnee needs 37 parking spaces for commercial projects of this size, but the site plan only includes 32 parking spaces. The city asks the developer to prepare the site to add five parking spaces if necessary.
Both the developer and city staff noted that PetSuites customers have a more transient nature as they visit primarily for the pickup and drop-off of their pets.
PetSuites will also add an ornamental black fence typically seen in this area along the Shawnee Mission Parkway, along with landscaping and a footpath to connect to the existing trail system to the west.
The City updates the regulations relating to animals
By the way, the city is in the process of updating regulations that govern animal-related uses such as pet boarding businesses.
Stephanie Malmborg, deputy director of community development, said city staff are still working on the draft amendment and may present it to the planning committee for consideration on Monday, July 19. Outdoor kennels, tracks and play areas are also clarified in the city code. as part of these discussions.