The annex to the Columbia Pike Animal Hospital in Annandale will be open “within the next six months, hopefully sooner,” reports Alex Walz, a manager at the veterinary clinic.
The new building, facing Columbia Pike, will house grooming and boarding services, while the existing building, at 4205 Evergreen Lane, will be used purely for medical services.
Customers bringing pets for boarding and grooming will be able to check in at the new building. “That will be more convenient for clients,” Walz says. Those services will be open to the public and will be separate from the animal hospital.
The new building, which formerly housed a convenience store, has been under construction for at least two years. The construction manager blames the Fairfax County building permit process for the delay.
“Whenever they find something wrong in the plan, you have to resubmit it. Then they find another thing wrong so you have to submit it again,” he says, and each time you have to pay a $160 permit fee. “It would be so much easier and faster if they let you know everything wrong all at once.” He suspects they’re not doing that because “the county is out of money, and they get more fees this way.”