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Dog kennel could soon sit in old Coolidge Corner Gym spot

Posted by Brock Parker  January 6, 2012 10:12 AM

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The site of the former Coolidge Corner Gym in Brookline may soon go to the dogs.

Owners of the Beantown Bed & Biscuit in Somerville are seeking the town’s approval to move their business into the space vacated by the gym at 310 Harvard St. last year.

Co-owners Jonathan Cleveland and Adam Van Der Beek are seeking to open an overnight kennel, veterinarian office and a daycare for dogs inside the first floor and basement level of the building.

Cleveland and Van Der Beek appeared before Brookline’s Planning Board last night seeking support for the kennel, which would house up to 25 dogs in overnight kennels and have space for 50 dogs during the day.

The Harvard Street location has an entryway off of an alley and is next to the Regal Beagle restaurant.

Bobby Allen, an attorney representing the Beantown Bed & Biscuit, said the site has been vacate for a year, and the new business would be supported by Brookline’s big dog community.

The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday to recommend to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals that a special permit be granted for the business.

But Chairman Mark Zarillo did express some reservations about having a dog daycare and kennel space near a number of restaurants in the busy business district.

“My point is, should it be in Coolidge Corner?” Zarillo said.

Van Der Beek and Cleveland said they when they move their business from Beacon Street in Somerville to Brookline, they will add veterinarian services to their business model in an effort to add convenience to dog owners using the day care and kennel side of the business. They have hired Connecticut-based Designed Learned, which specializes in animal care facilities, to design ventilation and noise reduction for the kennel and dog daycare business.

About 20 people supporting the proposal attended the Planning Board meeting Thursday, and no one spoke in opposition.

Allen said the proposal will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals in the next few weeks, and, if approved, Beantown Bed & Biscuit could open as soon as late spring.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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