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Banfield Pet Hospital coming

Banfield Pet Hospital has bought and plans to expand the Larpenteur Animal Hospital, 1136 W. Larpenteur Ave.

Banfield’s plans also include leasing the building to the west at 1144 Larpenteur Ave. and adding a vestibule connecting the two buildings, according to David Sorenson, project manager with Colliers, which is handling the construction work for Banfield.

Demolition work is already underway in the west building, he told District 10’s Land Use Committee on Jan. 6.

The company hopes to begin new construction at the 1144 Larpenteur Ave. building in February and finish by the end of this summer. The 1136 Larpenteur Ave. building then will be renovated in the fall. When finished, the clinic will be more than 8,000 square feet. The project does not require variances or zoning changes.

Banfield has more than 1,000 U.S. locations. The company hopes to maximize the Como site’s proximity to the University of Minnesota’s veterinary school, Sorenson said.

The Banfield project will include new landscaping, additional lighting and some parking lot revisions, including the likelihood of eliminating the driveway at Dunlap just south of Larpenteur Avenue, Sorenson said. The addition connecting the two buildings will include an elevator to provide accessibility that does not currently exist, he said.

District 10 Meetings

Pandemic or not, renters, homeowners and other community members are welcome to partici­pate in District 10’s board and committee meetings. Join either by video conference or phone.

To obtain links, phone numbers or other access information, send a request by email to ­district10@district10comopark.org. Or, call 651-644-3889. Upcoming meetings:

Neighborhood Relations: Tuesday, Feb. 2

Land Use: Wednesday, Feb. 3

Environment: Wednesday, Feb. 10

Board meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 16

All meetings begin at 7 p.m. When possible, agendas and other relevant documents are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website: www.district10comopark.org

Submitted by Michael Kuchta, District 10 Community Council executive director.

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