Images via Swatt | Miers
Wallis Annenberg isn't one of those rich ladies who gives $40 million to her dog and leaves the other pets of the world wanting. No, she (or the Annenberg Foundation) is using that $40 million to build a whole pet education center on the bluffs of Lower Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes. The main element of the Swatt | Miers-designed project is a 50,930 square foot main building that, according to the recently released draft environmental impact report "is designed to blend with the general sloping nature of the site by being set into the slope, through the use of grading (cut), so that from Palos Verdes Drive West the structure is visually one-story and from [Point Vicente Interpretive Center] the structure is visually two-story." The project also includes a 1,036 square foot "outpost" building for information services, underground and surface parking, outdoor exhibits including an archaeological dig, and new trails and walkways. The project will have a total of 197 parking spaces and 30 solar panels.
So what happens at a companion animal education center? There'll be animal adoption services, animal bereavement counseling, and an outdoor dog agility area, where dogs can run an obstacle course. We know what you're thinking: Will dogs barking affect wildlife? What will happen if unwanted/abandoned dogs/cats are left at the site? What about odors attributed to animal waste? Don't worry, it's all addressed in the draft EIR. The city is taking comments on the doc through September 15, reports the Daily Breeze.
· Annenberg Project at Lower Point Vicente [Rancho Palos Verdes]