New shelter proposed

Published 11:07 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015

Among several new projects being considered in the city Planning Commission meeting this week, a new shelter for the Suffolk Humane Society holds the potential to tug the most heartstrings.

The society proposes to build a new shelter at 412 Kings Fork Road, on land currently owned by Mike Duman Real Estate.

Society board president Denis Confer said the new place would give the society opportunity for more growth.

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“This facility will give us a lot more opportunity to have storage available to us,” Confer said. “We have no storage in Driver.”

Confer said the organization is looking to mirror what it’s currently doing at its office in Driver. It would maintain its lease on the Driver building as well, though it hasn’t yet decided what to do with that building, Confer said.

Having its own shelter would give it more opportunity to allow high school students to volunteer and give more storage for donations of food and supplies that typically come in, Confer said.

But the organization isn’t looking for a kennel license, so it will have strict limits on the number of animals it can keep. It also hopes to be able to hold small meetings at the location, but not its full membership meetings, which would be too large. They currently take place at the Magnolia Ruritan Club.

“The Driver location is a wonderful location, but it’s a very small building,” said Kay Hurley, a society board member. “Just storage for Mutt Strut, we’re kind of bursting at the seams. We’re just optimistic it will work out.”

A number of other public hearings on Tuesday’s agenda also pertain to interesting projects.

A rezoning request on Nansemond Parkway for a development called Moore’s Point hopes to increase the density of the development.

A conditional use permit request for the Love Center Family Church is set for consideration. The property is located at 118 C St. and is currently owned by Doug Naismith.

And a rezoning and conditional use permit are set to be considered for the Epps Senior Residences at 401 Kings Fork Road. The proposed senior living facility would have its approved age restriction lowered from 62 to 55 and modify the right-of-way dedicated to the city.