MATTHEWS – Matthews Animal Clinic may be considering expansion as a company phasing out the pension aspect of its business.
The clinic applied for a rezoning that would allow for the addition of a 6,343 square foot building to the rear of its existing building at 10600 Monroe Road.
Co-owner Chris Brader told Matthews Commissioners at a July 11 public hearing that the building would replace the area used for boarding functions.
“We’re trying to focus more on veterinary medicine because there are so many other kennels popping up,” Brader told the commissioners.
Commissioners and members of the planning board had questions about the trees on the property as well as a driveway shared with a daycare center, but no one spoke out against the project.
Commissioner John Urban encouraged the petitioner to provide elevations so leaders could see what the expansion would look like from Monroe Road.
City staff want to see a 10-foot multi-use pathway along Monroe Road along with a landscaping plan. The city requires every parking space to be within 40 feet of a tree, according to planner Darin Hallman.
“It’s one of the few transit corridors we have and it will become increasingly dependent on public transit,” Commissioner Renee Garner said. “I think we as a board will have to consider that when we talk about anything in the Monroe Road area. Perhaps the loss of trees for parking spaces is something we can negotiate.
The planning board will review the plan on July 28. Commissioners will be able to vote on the proposal as early as August 8.