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Veterinary clinic eyes expansion

February 14, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Eastown Veterinary Clinic staff
Eastown Veterinary Clinic says it's "committed to promoting responsible pet ownership." Photo via

A local veterinary clinic is looking to expand.

Eastown Veterinary Clinic in Grand Rapids is planning a two-story, 5,340-square-foot addition at its .586-acre site, at 1350 Lake Dr. SE, according to planning commission documents. The clinic's existing 3,200-square-foot building would remain one story.

The project was approved last week by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.

The addition “would allow the vet to expand their services and to be a feline-friendly practice by giving a separate cat entrance.”

The clinic's existing rooms and entrance would remain for dogs under the plan.

“We have hit our capacity in our current floor plan,” says Lynn Happel, owner, Eastown Veterinary Clinic. “We want to lessen wait times and provide more appointment availability, so our clients can have their pet seen and receive high-quality care in a timely manner.”

The second floor of the expansion would provide the clinic with office, conference and break room space needed as a result of continued growth at the business.

Included in the new space would be a training area, as the clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which requires 10 to 50 hours of continuing education each year.

Already employing 15, Eastown Veterinary Clinic, founded in 2011, could add another 15 employees with the addition.

Grand Rapids-based Mathison Mathison Architects is the architect of record.

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