The Emmet County Animal Shelter may soon have a new home.
At its regular meeting Monday, the Estherville City Council set a public hearing on a zoning reclassification at 201 S. Sixth Street, which formerly housed the Emporium and Jane's place. The change is to reclassify the property from general business to highway commercial.
Emmet County Animal Shelter Director Kristy Henning said the shelter has agreed to purchase the building pending approval of the zoning change.
Emmet County Animal Shelter officials plan to purchase the former Sixth Street Emporium and Jane’s place.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Henning said the number of animals the shelter can house wouldn't be known until after inspection by the state.
Henning said the former party room in Jane's plans is where the dog kennel is planned.
For other parts of the Emporium, Henning said the lower section will be used as office space for the shelter. The upper level has a separate entrance that Henning plans to use as an office of her own.
A couple other local businesses have approached Henning about using other parts of the Emporium for storage.
"The first priority it to make the exterior look better," she said.
Henning said several volunteers are lined up to help with renovations and other work needed to establish the animal shelter.
Estherville councilman Dave Seylar noted the building's history, which began as a family lumber company in the 1890s until it was sold in the 1960s.
The public hearing on the reclassification is set for 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21.