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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

New veterinary clinic plans to open at Carpenter Road shopping center

By Lizzy Alfs

A new veterinary clinic, the South Arbor Animal Hospital, wants to move into a vacant retail space in the Arbor Square shopping center on Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township.

On Thursday, the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the conditional use permit request from owner Jessica Noel.

She seeks to renovate an existing 2,333-square-foot unit at 4033 Carpenter Road, located on the southeast corner of Carpenter and Ellsworth.


A new veterinary clinic wants to open an office in the Arbor Square shopping center on Carpenter Road.

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The office will not have boarding facilities and will only keep a few animals at a time overnight for treatment, according to township documents.

There are 14 retail spaces in the Arbor Square shopping center, with anchor tenants including Subway and Weight Watchers.

The property is zoned C-2, General Commercial, and animal hospitals and clinics are allowed with approval of a conditional use permit.

Noel is not requesting changes to the exterior of the building.

Jim Chaconas and Brendan Cavender of Colliers International are marketing the space in Arbor Square for an annual $15 per square foot.

Noel’s request comes as several other area vet clinics have recently launched. In October, the City Pets Veterinary Clinic opened in the Courtyard Shops on Plymouth Road.

A local entrepreneur, Annie Staebler, also started a mobile veterinary practice in the Ann Arbor area over the summer.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

Bow Wow

Barb's Mom

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:22 p.m.

There used to be a Vet Clinic in that strip mall 16 years ago. We took our dogs there for several years.

Basic Bob

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:58 a.m.

You shouldn't be able to bring an animal into a building serving food. What is to prevent pet hair and waste from contaminating the adjacent businesses?

J. Sorensen

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 5:22 a.m.

Wow, I take a friend and her leader dog into public establishments, including restaurants, all the time. Never had any issues there!


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

The answer is: walls. There's a Subway restaurant on Washtenaw that is between a Veterinary Clinic and a hair salon. I've never noticed any dog medicine or hair in my subs. I bet I get more contamination breathing in the fumes from Washtenaw Ave on my way into the restaurant.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 2:37 p.m.

Maybe you are confusing a veterinary clinic with a dog grooming business. Why would a vet office next door to a Subway be more 'contaminating' than the average amount of skin/hair falling off the patron in line to buy a sandwich in front of you? Besides, that comment is discriminatory to non-mammalian pets everywhere! :]

Jimmy McNulty

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Bob, your statement makes no sense. The businesses have wall separating them and they DO have separate HVAC systems. So, how will this pet hair contaminate your corned beef on rye or your moo-shoo pork?