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Huntington approves contract for building new dog shelter

The Huntington Town board on Tuesday approved an architectural and engineering services contract for a new dog shelter.

The resolution, adopted unanimously, names Brookhaven-based L.K. McLean Associates as the main company to oversee the design of the shelter on Creek Road in Halesite. The contract is not to exceed $567,540 and is effective for four years.

“We’re very excited about this,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “It’s in a great location and we’re happy to get started with it.”

L.K. McLean was chosen from among 13 firms that responded to a request for proposals. Three of the 13 were invited to make in-person presentations to a town selection team, officials said. L.K. McLean scored the highest of the three.

L.K. McLean’s team includes Jackson & Ryan Architects of Houston, Texas, which will oversee the shelter’s architectural design. Norwich, Connecticut-based Design Learned Inc. will oversee mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

All three companies have extensive experience in the design and construction of animal shelters, town officials said, and have previously worked together on projects.

Huntington’s current animal shelter is in East Northport. The cat shelter will remain in East Northport while dogs are to be moved to the new facility.

Petrone said the new shelter would be state-of-the-art in terms of noise prevention and would have better outdoor spaces and runs for the animals. He said the location would also make it a lot more accessible for would-be pet adopters.

The new shelter is to be built next to Mill Dam Park, which is between West Shore and Mill Dam roads.

Town officials have been purchasing parcels adjacent to the park in recent years to expand the park. The shelter will be built on one of the acquired parcels.

The proximity of Mill Dam Park to the sewer plant, harbor master and Town Hall makes it a good location for expansion and the pet adoption center, Petrone said.

The shelter could be open as soon as next spring Petrone said.

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