Board of Directors president discusses worst case scenario

Construction problems with the unfinished Healdsburg Animal Shelter building may be so bad that the building would have to be torn down.

The head of the board of directors said Thursday the cracked foundation of the empty $3.5 million facility may be impossible to repair, although he also cautioned that is "a worst case scenario."

If so, "the building would have to come down," William Anderson told a community forum of about two dozen people inside the building.

Healdsburg Animal Shelter


Anderson tapped his heel on the floor to demonstrate the hollow sound in some places.

"You can feel a gap between the prepared surface and the slab," he said, adding that consultants say it may have been a result of poor compaction work.

Anderson said the best outcome would be repairing the concrete floor and sealing the cracks with epoxy. A second scenario would mean reinforcing the foundation with steel under the building.

But if those repairs prove impossible, he said, the building may have to be demolished.

"It is a possibility? Sure. Is it a probability? No, I hope not," he said after his public comments.

The stalled, unfinished shelter opposite the organization's cramped existing facility on Westside Road is the most tangible example of the problems the 52-year- old, nonprofit agency has experienced.

The shelter's volunteer board of directors has been subject to chronic turnover, a series of salaried executive directors have departed, fundraising shortfalls and controversy over animal adoptions.

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