Supes approve $60M for new animal shelter

San Francisco will build a new animal shelter after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to borrow $60 million to fund its construction.

The location of the future animal shelter is at 1419 Bryant St.

The construction will begin in summer of 2018 and finish in fall of 2020. The existing shelter, overseen by Animal Care and Control, is inadequate and unable to withstand a major earthquake, according to city officials.

The project was cast into doubt when it was removed from a bond and brought to voters earlier this year, but Supervisor Katy Tang and other supporters of a new animal shelter kept the project on track.

The City instead will fund the project using certificates of participation. With interest the total project cost will be $110 million.

“I just wanted to thank colleagues and of course city staff for figuring out how it is that we were going to fund our new Animal Care and Control building,” Tang said Tuesday.

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