Family builds dog day care
A new day care facility for dogs is slated to be built at a seven-acre site in town this summer.
Charlie’s Canine Care is expected to open Aug. 1 in Grand Rapids, at 14105 Ironwood Dr. NW.
A site plan for the land was recently approved, and construction on a $500,000 expansion is expected to begin this month.
Eric Lundstrom and Rita Lundstrom will manage the business with their daughter, Kelsey, managing day-to-day operations.
The property has an existing 1,920-square-foot building, which will feature a 480-square-foot office and be used as the initial facility for up to 50 dogs, according to Grover Real Estate’s Max Grover, who represented the property's buyer.
Kurt Kunst of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan represented the property’s seller, H&K Investments.
Charlie’s Canine Care will add a 12,000-square-foot dog-run area with natural grass. Dog owners will also be able to view their dogs on webcams.
Kelsey Lundstrom will live on site at an existing house for 24-hour care. She has worked in the dog daycare industry for more than seven years, according to Grover.
Grand Rapids firm Kraus & Kessenich is the civil engineer of the facility.
“The plan is to make this a very natural, yet high-tech doggy day care facility,” Grover said. “Initially, the business will focus on day and overnight kenneling, then grooming, then training and eventually retail products.
“All in the hope of establishing a 501(c)(3) to rescue abused dogs and re-introduce to serve the society of sick kids, PTSD military and the elderly.”