Cascade Kennels seeks expansion
Following several years of noise complaints from neighbors and from a nearby developer, Cascade Kennels is looking to completely enclose and expand its facility. King County recently issued a determination of nonsignificance for the kennel's proposed two-phase remodel and expansion, allowing until Nov. 12 for comments.
If approved, the project would replace an existing outdoor dog kennel with a new indoor kennel to be built in two phases over five years on a five-acre site. Phase I would be an 11,000-square-foot concrete slab and metal building with 160 indoor runs, dog grooming facilities, and office space, plus eight outdoor runs and 24 parking spaces. Phase II would add a 4,500-square-foot concrete slab and metal building for dog training, cat kennels, other small animal facilities, and 16 more parking spaces.
Cascade Kennels, located at 20004 178th Ave. NE in Woodinville, has been operating for 20 years.
Owner Andrea Woods, who took over the kennel eight years ago, said the noise issue became a lawsuit last year, and through mediation this year, became the proposal to the county to enclose the facility.
"They agreed that it satisfied the neighbors' wants and needs," said Woods, who added that she will be paving the driveway and new parking lot, putting in a 20-foot buffer zone with trees and redoing the whole septic system.
"We hope to have a brand new, more modern facility, able to offer the public a better facility and more aspects to animal industry," said Woods. "We'll be adding a larger cattery, space for reptiles, and a geriatric ward. We'll be more modern than anyone, and larger."
Currently, the kennel operates 80 runs with a capacity for 120, and has been seasonal because of the indoor-outdoor component. After the expansion, it will be able to handle 200 dogs.
The kennel has five full-time employees and hires junior and senior high students to exercise and play with the animals, as many as 15 to 20 kids during the summer and eight to 10 during winter. The new facility will also have space to house the 4-H guide dog program.