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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando wants to develop a new facility near current location by Mall of Millenia

Kerri Burns, former president of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando inside the current facility on Conroy Road. The newly proposed shelter will be roughly the same size, spanning about 25,000 square feet.
Kerri Burns, former president of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando inside the current facility on Conroy Road. The newly proposed shelter will be roughly the same size, spanning about 25,000 square feet. (Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel)

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is eyeing about eight acres of land on Lake Catherine to build a new pet adoption shelter.

Executive Director of Pet Alliance, Stephen Bardy, told GrowthSpotter the company wants to build a more efficient facility based on the needs of animals than its current location next to Orange County’s Animal Services building at 2727 Conroy Rd., which is about 30 years old.

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“We take in about 7,000 pets a year,” Bardy said, including misplaced animals from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "The new facility will be better suited to accommodate animal transfers.”

Plans call for a new 25,000-square-foot animal shelter at 4319 S. John Young Pkwy. that would feature office space and a kennel with outdoor dog runs.

Highlighted in blue are the roughly eight acres of land where the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is looking to develop a new animal shelter.
Highlighted in blue are the roughly eight acres of land where the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is looking to develop a new animal shelter. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

The roughly 8-acre property is currently owned by Gary Snerson, who serves as a trustee in the Dechomai Asset Trust.

Snerson is a senior vice president at Charitable Solutions, which operates the Dechomai Asset Trust. The donor advised fund, accepts assets like real estate from donors who want to contribute them to charities and other donor advised funds.

Bardy said the pet alliance is still narrowing down an architect for the project. GAI Consultants is the civil engineer.

Nearly a dozen new commercial parcels, over 300 residential units and a new hotel are all part of plans for land touching the Holden Avenue roadway extension currently underway.

“If all goes well, we would close on the land in 2021,” Bardy said. The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is seeking a land use change to allow for the development. If approved, Bardy said they’ll launch a capital campaign seeking to raise $14 million to develop the new facility.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando owns legal title to its current location near Mall at Millenia until 2042. Bardy said they’ll likely continue utilizing that building as a clinic and to quarantine sick animals.

Just south of the proposed animal shelter, developer Chris Miller and investment partner Keith Johnson are planning a large infill mixed-use project north of the Holden Avenue extension, between S. Texas Avenue and S. John Young Parkway. The portfolio of properties spans about 60 acres and includes about 20 acres of wetlands.

A site plan for the proposed mixed-use project, called Millenia Place, shows the development designates about 17 acres to an array of retailers and restaurants, and roughly 12 acres are designated to feature residential units.

Construction work of Holden Avenue is expected to be complete by 2022.

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