LOGAN SQUARE — A local dog rescue is looking to convert a vacant storefront at Central Park and Dickens avenues into its second location.
One Tail at a Time is under contract to buy the building at 3579 W. Dickens Ave., according to owner Heather Owen. But the deal is contingent on getting a zoning change from Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th).
Owen is currently asking neighbors for online signatures to bolster her request for the zoning change. As of Monday, her Facebook post had been shared by nearly 1,000 people.
“We understand some neighbors and dog owners may have concerns, and that we are proactively planning to ensure we won’t be a nuisance in any way,” Owen wrote in an email. “Our top priority is to be a clean, quiet, friendly neighbor!”
If the zoning change is approved, the Logan Square adoption center would serve as a holding facility for sick and injured animals — “a way for [the team] to start treating and caring for them before they make their way to their foster or adoptive homes,” according to Owen.
It would be the second location for One Tail at a Time. The nonprofit’s original adoption center, which houses healthy adoptable animals, opened in 2015 at 2144 N. Wood St.
Owen said opening a second location in Logan Square was a natural fit, given how many of their volunteers, adopters and foster parents live in the neighborhood.
“We get so much support here that it made sense to make this our home,” she wrote in an email. “This specific property also has a nice fenced-in yard for the dogs to romp around in.”
It’s unclear if Maldonado supports the zoning change. The alderman’s chief of staff, Kathleen Oskandy, said her office is in the process of scheduling a meeting with the zoning attorney, but declined to comment further.
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