Renovation of the new Columbia Animal Shelter, located at the site of the former Vigilant Fire Hall at 265 S. 10th St., Columbia, is nearly complete. Executive director Tammy Loughlin said that the state-of-the-art shelter is slated to officially open to the public in mid-February.
Demolition and renovation of the approximately 8,000-square-foot structure began on June 6, 2018. Initial plans were to renovate the interior without making extensive changes to the exterior, but Loughlin noted that as work began it was determined that major alterations to the exterior of the building would also be necessary. Support beams that were signed by previous builders and firefighters still remain intact in order to fulfill the goal of preserving the history of the original structure.
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