A Clayton veterinarian looking to expand his clinic will seek a preliminary nod Monday from the city’s Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board (ARB).
According to the plans filed with the city on Feb. 21, Dr. Dan Fraser wants to add onto St. Louis Veterinarian Animal Clinic of Clayton (ACC) at 136 N Meramec to the adjacent commercial retail space in the Morrissey building, across the shared driveway at 132 North Meramec, to allow for a more comfortable and efficient space for staff and patients.
ACC, which has operated in the city since 1948, offers the Clayton and St. Louis animal community, emergency veterinary services, medical, surgical and dental veterinary services to include an in-house pharmacy. ACC is currently the only veterinary hospital in the city of Clayton.
The proposal states that ACC would utilize only the main floor, 2,266 square feet, for the clinic. The upstairs apartment area of about 978 Sq. Ft. could be used for storage or staff break room or lunch room, but would not usable for clinic space. ACC would be leasing the entire building.
Fraser said the expansion would also ease existing parking constraints and position ACC for further economic growth.
The parking spaces available for both buildings amounts to two employee spaces and 13 parking spaces for customers. This count includes eight spaces along the north fence behind the clinic, one space near the northwest corner of the Morrissey building, two employee parking spaces under the car port in the back and four customer parking spaces behind the Morrissey building, plus two more spaces the clinic plans on adding in what is currently the outdoor patio area, for a total of 17.
In order to obtain a CUP, ACC will need one parking space per 300 square feet. Counting the space that is usable space for the clinic expansion, ACC would have 1,200 square feet in the current clinic plus 2,266 square feet for the main floor of the Morrissey building totaling 3,466 square feet, which would require the clinic to have 12 parking spaces.
Fraser said another option, if necessary, would be leasing parking from the St Louis Parking Co. who manages the parking at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, across the street from the Morrissey building.
According to city documents, city staff is of the opinion that the proposed expansion of the veterinary clinic meets the requirements contained in the regulations governing conditional uses.
If ACC’s plan is given a positive review and recommendation by the Plan Commission/ARB, the Board of Aldermen would vote on the issue of expansion at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
In other new business, the ARB is slated to review a request for sign modification from Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate to install a new wall sign on the west side of the building located at 100 S Brentwood Blvd.
The board will also review weather or not to grant Bank of America, 8100 Forsyth Blvd, the installation of a remote walk-up ATM.
The Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.