Dog boarding, training facility planned for Warren Street – Glens Falls Post-Star

2014-12-04T08:00:00Z Dog boarding, training facility planned for Warren Street Glens Falls Post-Star

GLENS FALLS -- A top-of-the-line dog boarding and training facility is expected to open next year at the corner of Warren Street and Oakland Avenue.

The business will include six luxury boarding suites featuring a bed, sofa, television, private backyard play area and an Internet camera to allow to owners to see their dog.

The facility, which will be known as GFK9 and run by Michael Tartaglione and Amy Russell, will also include eight rubberized indoor/outdoor dog runs that will provide background music for the dogs, as well as 50 kennel areas of varying sizes, two indoor doggie daycare play areas and a second building that will do grooming and host a retail shop.

The facility will be at 119-127 Warren St., at a commercial site that has been unused for a number of years and was once occupied by CarQuest Auto Parts.

Tartaglione said the total investment in buying and renovating the site will be about $700,000. He expect to employ nine or 10 people at first and said he could end up with a staff of 15 to 20 once everything is in place.

“This was a really professional, detailed application, and you always feel better when you see that,” said Planning Board Chairman Dan Bruno, whose board approved the application Tuesday following discussion of possible concerns.

“Of course, committee members want to know about barking and about waste disposal,” Bruno said. “We didn’t want it to bring any health hazards. We wanted to make sure of where the Dumpster would be and to make sure they would clean up the dog waste.”

The approval was granted with several conditions, including a landscape plan, an example of the paint scheme and a lighting plan.

“It’s not like they are going to do a lot of landscaping, but we want to see what the plans are for that,” Bruno said.

Most of the rest of Tartaglione’s and Russell’s plans were laid out in their application to the Planning Board.

One of the plans involves connecting with the local humane society and providing boarding spaces for five to 10 homeless dogs while they are looking for homes. GFK9’s groomers will work on the animals to make them more attractive to potential adopters.

For Tartaglione, the approval comes after a long search for the right site.

He originally had an offer on land owned by Time Warner Cable on Dix Avenue, but that fell through, then he was planning to lease a large site in Glens Falls and had even started plotting it out, but he said the owner decided to put that site on the market.

“Then I found the property on Warren Street,” said Tartaglione, who developed his business plan while working as an electrical contractor in Afghanistan for three years. “There’s nothing like this around here.”

There are two buildings on the Warren Street site. The larger of the two will be the boarding facility, and the other will house the grooming area.

Work should take about two months once it gets started. The entire site is assessed at $306,800.

The facility will also have dog sitters who will travel to clients’ homes to take care of dogs and will also have a dog-walking service.

Tartaglione worked for five years with the Central Westchester Humane Society, which usually had 300 dogs and 150 cats housed at one time. Its focus was to find homes for the animals.

Russell is well-known in local dog-training circles and has a degree in animal science from SUNY Cobleskill.

The extensive proposal lists improvement costs at $200,000. The total size of the site is 1.48 acres. The larger building is 9,720 square feet and the smaller one is 1,260. The smaller building will be set up for grooming and will include large and small bathing stations and drying stations of varying heights in a separate room.

The business will also include dog training, including training for dogs that are being boarded.

“Amy is really a great trainer, and people are going to enjoy working with her,” Tartaglione said. “She’s going to bring a lot to us.”

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