The Idaho Humane Society broke ground on its new campus on Overland Road near Wal-Mart last July.
The nearly $15 million project will feature a state-of-the-art adoption center, humane education center, veterinary medical center with teaching hospital and park.
Intakes will continue at the current facility on Dorman Street; adoptions will be handled at the new campus.
So what’s been done so far — and are they still on track to open in the fall?
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Here’s a quick overview with Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, executive director of the Idaho Humane Society.
▪ What’s been finished at the site?
“Bird Street has been completed. Our major utilities have been installed and the foundation and initial site work is completed. Very soon walls will be going up. Yes, construction will continue through the winter and though some are unhappy with the long term forecast for skiing, it is extremely favorable for building!”
▪ Are you still on track for a fall 2018 opening?
“No, various early delays, largely related to permits, have moved our target opening to February/March of 2019. We don’t anticipate any problems moving forward to that goal.”
▪ Where do things stand with fundraising?
“Our total campaign goal is $14.5 million, we have $2 million more to raise to ensure all the goals of the new building are completed as we have envisioned. We continue to actively fundraise but you can expect more activity in early spring as we provide even more opportunities for donors at all levels to be involved in the effort.”
More information and updates will be found here.
▪ Is a traffic signal going to be installed at Ardene and Overland?
“No, our understanding is that a stop light at Ardene/Bird will not be installed. Overland can become congested, but luckily Bird Street provides another access to our facility and especially a convenient way to exit the property and get to a stoplight on Overland or access Interstate 84.”