Normandy backs canine day care center

Mem­bers of the Nor­mandy Civic As­so­ci­ation voted to sup­port a plan to put a can­ine day care cen­ter in an empty Comly Road ware­house.

Kev­in and Louise McK­eown told mem­bers their Camp Bow Wow will op­er­ate in 2850-78 Comly Road. They own an­oth­er Camp Bow Wow fran­chise in Lawrenceville, N.J., a Trenton sub­urb. 

Their at­tor­ney, Steve Pol­lock, said the McK­eowns don’t need any zon­ing con­sid­er­a­tion to use the build­ing to provide their dog­gie day care ser­vice, but need a spe­cial ex­cep­tion to hold dogs overnight and a zon­ing vari­ance for a sign that would be slightly lar­ger than per­mit­ted by the city’s zon­ing code.

Neigh­bors along with City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) asked about the num­ber of an­im­als ex­pec­ted to be in the fa­cil­ity dur­ing days and even­ings. They also wanted to know about noise and smell.

Camp Bow Wow will tend to about 60 dogs a day, the McK­eowns and Pol­lock said, and maybe about 20 overnight. The an­im­als are kept sep­ar­ate dur­ing the night and no one will be on the premises dur­ing overnight hours. An elec­tron­ic se­cur­ity sys­tem will mon­it­or the prop­erty. All of that will keep down the noise, mem­bers were told. 

“The key thing is, that at night … the place will be quiet,” Pol­lock said. Kev­in McK­eown said land­scap­ing will act as a sound buf­fer.

Camp em­ploy­ees will keep the out­side play areas clean, which would ad­dress any con­cerns about odors, as­so­ci­ation mem­bers were told. 

The camp is ex­pec­ted to em­ploy 25 to 30 work­ers, the McK­eowns said.


John Wis­niewski, the as­so­ci­ation’s pres­id­ent, said there are many prop­er­ties that have over­grown grass and weeds in Nor­mandy.

He said he sus­pec­ted most of these homes, the li­on’s share of which are on the 2800 block of Nor­mandy Drive, are empty. A lengthy list of ad­dresses was turned over to O’Neill aide Mar­garet Re­cu­pido. 

One of those prop­er­ties is 2815 Nor­mandy, a par­cel that had been in the news as a neigh­bor­hood eye­sore un­til it was torn down in June 2013. One neigh­bor said the grass on the prop­erty is waist high.

An­oth­er res­id­ent asked why the own­ers aren’t forced to keep up their prop­er­ties.

Re­cu­pido said they are. She said the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, or CLIP, will cut the grass and clean the trash on a house’s ex­ter­i­or and bill the own­er. If the own­er doesn’t pay, a li­en is at­tached to the prop­erty. Wis­niewski said that the li­en must be sat­is­fied when the prop­erty is sold.

Teresa Olsen, the as­so­ci­ation’s pres­id­ent, told mem­bers she had re­searched city fees that would pay for two-day com­munity­wide flea mar­kets, or yard sales, and she asked mem­bers for sug­ges­ted dates. However, res­id­ent John Burke said he ob­jec­ted to the idea of at­tract­ing a lot of strangers to the small neigh­bor­hood. One of Nor­mandy’s fea­tures is that it is isol­ated from oth­er areas, he said.

Nor­mandy is a small neigh­bor­hood of less than 500 house­holds east of the Boulevard between Comly and Wood­haven roads.

The idea will be dis­cussed at a later meet­ing, Olsen said.

The June 10 ses­sion at the Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter was the as­so­ci­ation’s last un­til Septem­ber. ••

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