Pet clinic primed for north Peoria

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A new veterinary clinic is on its way to northern Peoria.

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended a proposal for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a Banfield veterinary clinic to be located at 24640 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Suite 205,  within the Lake Pleasant Pavilion Shopping Center, which is anchored by a big-box Target.

Principal Jeff Hammond said that since 1955, Banfield has been providing neighborhood veterinarian care throughout the United States, with more than 950 clinics nationwide, and dozens in the Arizona market including locations in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Phoenix.

“Our veterinary care model provides for small neighborhood clinics within existing shopping centers, providing high quality services for household pets at a close and convenient location,” Mr. Hammond said. “Located within the Lake Pavilion Shopping Center, Banfield will service the nearby community, providing access to needed veterinarian care services at a convenient one-stop shopping center location.”

Proposed hours for the existing 5,132 square foot suite are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Clinic activities will be restricted to the medical care of small animals, primarily dogs and cats. Additionally, the veterinary clinic will include diagnostic capabilities, a surgery room, a pharmacy, and retail pet supply sales. Staffing will vary depending on workload, but is approximated at four to seven employees including veterinarians, technicians and administrative support staff, according to documents.

No exterior changes to the building are proposed other than tenant signs. All clinic activities

will occur within the enclosed building. More specifically, no outdoor dog run, storage yards, grooming, long-term kenneling or overnight care will occur at the facility.

Clinic staff will not “walk animals” for safety reasons, but will provide a pet-waste station for employees and customers if pet waste occurs arriving or leaving the facility. Staff will walk the exterior of the space every couple hours to ensure sidewalks remain clear of waste and ensure waste is disposed of within the enclosed building until final removal from the site. There will be no outdoor activities, and no overnight care or boarding.

Sound mitigation will be achieved through double walls between the clinic and adjacent tenants.

City has not received any correspondence in support or opposition of the proposal.

Philip Haldiman can be reached at 623-876-3697, phaldiman@newszap.com, or on Twitter @philiphaldiman.

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