This article appeared in the MetroWest Daily News on Aug. 20.
SUDBURY – Buddy Dog Humane Society might have found a new home, one that might be welcomed by all involved.
At a Thursday night selectmen’s meeting, Buddy Dog trustee Steve Burtt said the animal shelter is reconsidering its planned move to Wayside Inn Road to property adjacent to its current Boston Post Road digs.
In February, the humane society agreed to suspend plans to build a new facility on Wayside Inn Road after neighbors worried the development would ruin the road’s historic quality. Now, Burtt said a new option opened up that wasn’t available when the society first scouted locations for a new building.
Burtt said the society is negotiating with Eversource Energy for a lot at 163 Boston Post Road as its new home. Eversource moved a substation previously on the parcel to a lot behind the roadside land, Burtt said, and now stores telephone poles where the substation once was. The hope, Burtt said, is that Eversource will either lease or sell the 163 Boston Post Road property to Buddy Dog, allowing it to build a new shelter.
“We’d like to ask for your support as we continue our discussions with Eversource, and invite you to tour the site with us,” Burtt told the board. “We definitely need new facilities. We want to continue to stay in Sudbury as we have for last 50 plus years, and to continue to be an important part of this community.”
Board member Len Simon said the new option seems both viable and agreeable for everyone.
“It sounds like a win, win, win,” Simon said. “A win for Buddy Dog, a win for Eversource and a win, most of all, for the town that Buddy Dog stays where it is.”
Buddy Dog had bought the 9½ acre lot at 150 Wayside Inn Road in 2013 for $800,000, when Burtt said the Eversource land was still occupied.
Burtt said the Eversource lot is still under negotiation, and the deal is not yet definite. It is unclear what the society will do with the Wayside Inn Road property.
In other business, the board heard an update on the Minuteman Vocational Technical High School from state Rep. Carmine Gentile. Gentile, D-Sudbury, said the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which pushed the project into the design phase earlier this month, announced its support of the plans at a recent meeting .
Gentile said most agreed the district needs a new school and upheld the importance of vocational education, points with which Sudbury agrees, selectmen said. Sudbury selectmen, however, disagree with the details of the plans, disputing both the need for a 628-student building and the potential for a district-wide vote.
Simon said the board will continue to monitor the project’s process. The Minuteman School Committee will meet on Sept. 8, likely to vote on what to do next.