PAWS seeks to take over Camden First Aid facility
Camden — Representatives of PAWS Animal Adoption Center are scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals Dec. 19 to request a special exception to operate a quasi-public facility on John Street.
The organization is in negotiations over the former Camden First Aid Association building at 123 John St., according to PAWS Board Chairman Jean Freedman-White. Because negotiations are still under way, she declined to comment further.
About a year ago, the shelter opened a dog park near its present location on Camden Street in Rockport.
PAWS contracts with Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty and Islesboro to care for homeless or abandoned dogs and cats.
The John Street building sits on slightly less than 4 acres, according to online assessment data. It was constructed in 2000 and housed Camden First Aid Association ambulances and offices until Camden First Aid closed its doors earlier this year. The building has more than 8,200 square feet of space.
The zoning of the building is V — Traditional Village — and the town ordinance describes its purpose as " ... to maintain these highly livable neighborhoods, which include single family homes, small-scale multifamily structures, compatible residential-scale businesses, and a distinct village design." The district primarily allows residential use, but additional uses are allowed, including the planned quasi-public animal shelter use, with approval of a special exception.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.
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