Former animal shelter may become housing site

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August 2, 2004 // UPDATED 2:51 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The city's Planning Commission has approved a request by the Public Works Department to sell the city's former animal shelter in the North Loop.

At its July 26 meeting, the city's Planning Commission approved the proposal to sell the 506 11th Ave. N. property to the highest bidder.

The old animal control facility is near an elevated Interstate 94 freeway access ramp that connects to 2nd Avenue North.

According to the Public Works report, developers have called city officials about turning the site into housing.

Some have inquired specifically about the viability of redeveloping the nearby Ragstock Warehouse property, 830 N. 7th St. Area businesses have also inquired about buying the 9,000-square-foot warehouse.

City assessors have estimated the value of the warehouse between $375,000 and $425,000.

The city plans to hold open houses in August and open the bidding process in September.

The former shelter is located in a heavily industrial pocket of the emerging residential neighborhood. Most of the residential development has occurred in a more northern part of North Loop near the riverfront.

The new Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Program facility opened June at 1705 N. 2nd St. It's about three times the size of the old facility and designed with more stringent sanitation standards.

The former facility had problems with cross contamination wherein healthy animals contracted illnesses brought into the facility by sick dogs and cats.