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Cedar Rapids set to break ground on new animal control facility

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A rendering of the new animal control facility in Cedar Rapids A rendering of the new animal control facility in Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The City of Cedar Rapids is set to break ground on their new animal control facility, nearly five years after flooding destroyed their facility on Cedar Bend Lane.

While construction has already started, the official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at the new location behind Washington Hall on the Kirkwood Community College campus. 

The new facility will hold up to 43 dogs and 124 cats and will serve the cities of Cedar Rapids and Marion. It will include an adoption mall, "get acquainted" rooms and a 900-square-foot training classroom.

The estimated $4.55 million project will be paid for with $1 million in FEMA funds and $3.55 million in local option sales tax funds.

FEMA will also provide $700,000 to tear down the old facility and $100,000 to replace contents from the old facility.

The new facility is expected to open in October.

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