Jan 13, 2022 - News

Des Moines' new animal shelter to cost $10 million

A drawing of a proposed Des Moines animal shelter.
Drawing courtesy of Hartman Trapp Architecture Studio via the city of Des Moines

Replacing Des Moines' animal shelter is expected to cost nearly $10 million, according to a new estimate shared by city engineer Steve Naber.

Why it matters: Projected costs have gone up about 80% since the plan was announced in 2019.

  • The City Council rejected a $5.8 million bid last year and delayed construction to create a better design, invest in energy-efficient materials and seek federal assistance, Mayor Frank Cownie said.

Of note: The city has not obtained additional federal grant money for the project since last year's delay.

Catch up fast: The Animal Rescue League handles DSM's animal control services and has called for a new facility for a decade.

  • ARL has said that the current shelter at 1615 SE 14th St. is inadequate to handle the city's needs.
  • The new building at 1441 Harriet St. will be nearly 22,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the current facility.

Details: The new plan is roughly 30% larger than the one rejected last year, which is necessary for extra animal housing and community outreach needs, Naber told Axios.

  • The city will now split the project into 17 different bids, using The Weitz Company as a manager, rather than its traditional system of handling the project in just one, Naber said.

What's ahead: A public hearing on the first $455,000 portion of the project is set for Feb. 1.

  • Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed in the fall of 2023.
A photo of Des Moines' current animal shelter.
DSM's current animal shelter at 1615 SE 14th St. Screenshot courtesy of Google Earth
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