Longview, Texas (KETK) — The City of Longview will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, to receive input on a design for a new animal shelter. The purpose of the meeting is to present preliminary design concepts by Connolly Architects and Consultants and garner feedback from the community.
The meeting is open to the general public and will be held at Longview City Hall, 300 W. Cotton Street. The Animal Shelter Task Force, Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, and Longview City Council have been invited to attend.
According to Mayor Jay Dean, “For several years, we have been talking about the need for a new animal shelter in Longview, so as a City we have been doing our due diligence to determine what that would look like. This is not the final plan by any means, but this meeting will be an opportunity for the community to help define the wants and needs for an animal shelter moving forward.”
The current discussion regarding an animal shelter design is the result of recommendations made by the Mayor’s Animal Shelter Task Force. In January 2013, the task force recommended that “a new facility be constructed and owned by the City of Longview and/or Gregg County to serve as an open admission shelter for Gregg County with the capacity to handle the intake needs of our community.” On August 22, the City Council awarded a contract to Connolly Architects and Consultants for the building programming and schematic design of an animal shelter. The project is currently in the design phase. Construction and funding for the facility have not yet been considered by City Council.
For more information about the public meeting, please contact the Development Services Department at 903-237-1060.