County OKs land swap with Roice-Hurst

Mesa County commissioners this morning approved a land swap with Roice-Hurst Humane Society that will allow the nonprofit organization to move into a larger, more centralized facility.

Commissioners agreed to trade the former county Animal Services building at 362 28 Road to Roice-Hurst in exchange for Roice-Hurst’s current site at 3320 D 1/2 Road. The county intends to turn around and sell the property because Animal Services moved into a new building at 971 Coffman Road on Orchard Mesa earlier this year.

Elaine Johnson, president of Roice-Hurst’s board of directors, made it clear the swap is key to the nonprofit’s future.

“I don’t know if I can overestimate the importance of this transaction for our organization,” she told commissioners.

Johnson said Roice-Hurst will gain nearly 900 square feet of space at a newer facility that is in a centralized location, which could boost the number of pet adoptions and volunteers.

“We just think it’s a better use of our donors’ money rather than put a Band-Aid on our crumbling facility,” she said.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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