animal shelter design

This is an earlier rendering of the planned animal shelter, dating back to 2019. The building has since been scaled down.

The Animal Shelter Advisory Committee has narrowed down to three a list of potential owner’s project managers it will interview to oversee the construction of a shelter to replace the aging structure on Gov. Stoughton Lane.

Construction of a new shelter could begin before the end of the year under initial proposals presented by the firms during the committee’s meeting on June 25.

Committee members chose to interview Colliers Project Management Group of Cambridge, Atlantic Construction and Management of Concord, and RND Consultants Inc. of Boston, whose team includes Milton resident Paul Hogan.

The companies were among the six that answered a request for qualifications for the project that will be built on an access road that leads to the former town landfill off of Route 28.

Co-Chair Dan Daly said the committee will set up the interviews soon and hopes to bring forward a recommendation for one company to the Select Board.

After that, the town can go about selecting a construction company for the project, he said.

In a unique partnership, the project is privately funded through the Milton Animal League and constructed on a town-owned parcel through the process for municipal construction projects, which includes the hiring of an owner’s project manager.

The committee has been working on the project for more than six years and has expressed a desire to get moving.

Committee member Alyssa Cook, who also works with the Animal League, said the funding is secure and cost savings will continue to be pursued as needed.

The animal shelter has been closed to the public since March but adoptions have continued, according to Nancy Bersani, Milton’s animal control officer.

Bersani said that the shelter is beginning to reopen to volunteers, who must follow strict protocols.

General visitors are not allowed at this time, and anyone wishing to adopt a pet can set up an appointment through the league’s website at https://www.miltonanimalleague.org/.

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