Are you tired of driving miles to see your vet or board your pet?
Soon, your drive can be a short, convenient trip. On July 24, the Countryside City Council unanimously approved a Planned Unit Development proposal for the construction of the Countryside Veterinary Center, a 20,000-square-foot, 24/7, full service animal hospital at 9825 W. 55th St.
The project will be a collaboration between three veterinarians with 90 years of combined experience at 10 Chicago area animal care hospitals and clinics. The project will provide state of the art clinical evaluations and treatments including diagnostics, on-site lab work, digital radiology, ultrasound and various dental and surgical procedures. Additional services will include animal emergency and critical care, physical and laser therapy, rehabilitation, a retail area, a day care, training, boarding and grooming. The project will provide 140 animal boarding suites, nine exam rooms, two surgical suites and one dental suite.
The owners also will work closely with rescue groups and humane societies to provide low cost services for the less fortunate. The project will create an initial 30 new full- and part-time jobs to the area.
The group chose 9825 W. 55th St. because they felt the greater Countryside area was vastly underserved, and because of the central location to many of the surrounding communities. The group also chose Countryside because of the business friendly atmosphere and proactive approach to commercial development.
Groundbreaking on the new center is scheduled for mid-September with a grand opening planned in May 2014. The project will turn a blighted underutilized parcel of commercial property along 55th Street into a catalyst for future commercial redevelopment along the corridor.
Robert W. Edwards of RWE Management Company will serve as the project manager and to date has constructed more than 85 animal care facilities in the greater Chicago area.
Bryan Swanson is the economic development coordinator for the city of Countryside