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Doggie Daycare proposed for Bridge Street

Apr 29, 2019 06:29AM ● By Lisa Redmond

DRACUT - In between a dance shop and a hair salon, pampered pooches may soon be able to play the day away after Selectmen on April 23 heard a proposal from veterinarian Dr. David McGath III who plans to open a doggie daycare facility at 1807 Bridge St.

Attorney Michael Fadden, representing McGrath, trustee of Central Street Realty Trust, appeared before the board at their April 23 meeting seeking a special permit for a commercial kennel to convert three business condos McGrath purchased at Olde Marshall Hill Professional Village into a doggie daycare.

Fadden explained that McGrath purchased nine of the 11 units within the condo complex that also houses a dance shop and hair salon. An assisted living facility is being built behind the building. McGrath’s plan is to segregate three units, a total of 3,700-square-foot, to be used as a 50-dog day care facility.

The proposed facility would hold a maximum of 50 dogs, no cats, no boarding, no grooming or medical facilities, Fadden said. The units will be sound proofed and there will be a dedicated entrance and exit for the dogs. Sound proofing will be added along with a dedicated entrance and exit for the dogs.

Fadden said the only issue raised by the Planning Board was the fenced in dog run area adjacent to the building. There were some concerns about dog waste infiltrating the groundwater under the dog run and increasing nitrogen levels. Fadden said McGrath’s engineer review the issue and created an acceptable design and maintenance plan that will be added as conditions to the special permit.

The hours of operation of the kennel are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Selectman closed the public hearing about the special permit and will vote on the permit at the next meeting.

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