Prince William County is expected to begin construction this summer on a new animal shelter, with completion expected in February 2021.
The new $15.1 million shelter will replace the facility on the same property at 14807 Bristow Road.
It will include 56 dog kennels and 104 cat kennels, with space to address surge capacity related to animal cruelty or hoarding cases, according to a news release. There are currently 16 double-sided and 14 single-sided dog kennels and eight double-sided and 77 single-sided cat kennels.
The shelter will have a welcome area, a space for families to interact with the animals, a veterinarian’s office, feed and equipment storage areas and grooming space.
"It's a big investment, but it'll last this community a long time, so it's the right thing to do,” said Corey Stewart, chairman of the board of county supervisors.
Built in 1975 and expanded in 1990, the current shelter receives 85,000 visitors and 4,100 animals per year. Once the new shelter is completed, the old shelter will be demolished.
The county also is in the process of building several fire stations and expanding the Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center
The new Coles District fire station is expected to be completed by June 30, but crews will begin moving into the new building in May, county officials said. The new Nokesville station will be completed in August and construction will begin this spring on a new fire station at 11600 Balls Ford Road.
Expansion at the county’s detention center will add space for more beds. Crews will also be repairing the existing facility and expanding the parking lot. Work should be completed in February 2020.