By Jan Wondra
A public hearing was held during the April 15 Greenwood Village City Council meeting on the filing for a special use permit for a kennel facility, called HobNob Dog Hotel and Spa, at 9595 E. Arapahoe Road, just off the intersection of Arapahoe and Dayton. The permit request was accompanied by a separate request to create a 1.5-acre legal lot out of the property on which the business will be run. The discussion of the legal lot necessitated that Councilman Jeff Roemer recuse himself from the council vote, due to the fact that his firm is representing HobNob.
The front portion of the building will be used for a retail restaurant, while the dog hotel and spa would occupy the larger back section. The larger lot is necessary to create an outdoor dog exercise area. The facility owner, Kari Shoete, owns and operates HobNob Dog Hotel and Spa in Lakewood and this would be her second facility. She explained that this high end dog kennel could house as many as 150 dogs, some for day care, others for over-night stay. Like her first facility, it will be staffed from 6:15 a.m. or so until after 7 p.m. at night.
“The dogs receive a rigorously active day schedule,” she said. “They’re quiet at night because they’ve been active all day. And we have monitoring systems. We have good relationships with our neighbors in Lakewood.”
During the public hearing, a few neighbors came forward to ask questions related to noise, waste management and water quality standards, as well as the safety of the animals. Shoete and Sanford Feld walked the group through their waste management controls, explained the rigorous standards that eliminate waste odor, as well as the on site monitoring system and how each dog has its own room at night, while during the day they are participants in organized dog play groups by size/type of dog.
Neighbor Kathleen Erlenmeyer, who lives nearby in unincorporated Arapahoe County in the PeakView Condominiums, asked, “Who will monitor the monitors? If the owner goes out, if there is a fire, is there a backup generator?”
“In Lakewood we work closely with West Metro Fire,” said Shoete. “They have access to our facilities, they know our gate system, and we do training sessions with them to be prepared for emergency situations. We will do the same with South Metro Fire.”
Mayor Pro Tem Gary Kramer asked about the impact of the Colorado Department of Transportation Arapahoe Road widening project on the site was discussed.
“Since adding another lane on that side will make the slightly below grade setting more dramatic, have you considered how to handle this in the site design?,” Kramer said.
Feld said, “We have planned for this, and if we need to come back with another special use permit request, we will. We’ve added front landscaping areas to offset this already. We also have an extra parking space there that we haven’t included in the parking plan, that can be given over to the grading, if need be.”
Council passed the special use permit for the kennel and the final plat to create the legal lot for the business operation.
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