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  • Site preparations for new PACC facility construction underway

    Apr 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    In the next few weeks, Pima Animal Care Center will start relocating its administrative offices and clinic to other onsite locations to make way for construction of its new $22 million shelter, approved by voters in November 2014.

    archaeological excavation at PACCGroundbreaking for construction of the new shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, is expected to start this December. To prepare for that, the county is currently conducting an archaeological excavation of the construction site, a required process before construction can begin. 

    The excavation, led by the Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Division of the county’s Office of Sustainability and Conservation, started at the end of March. Desert Archeology, Inc., the firm contracted to perform the investigation, has already cleared the areas furthest from PACC’s current operations. To make way for archaeological work to continue and prepare the site for construction, PACC must start moving this May. 

    None of PACC’s pets will be moved during this process. The transition will only apply to the trailers housing PACC’s administrative office, clinic, and the trap-neuter-release program. 

    Public accessible areas affected by the move include PACC’s admissions office, and the spay and neuter clinic. These will move closer to the existing tent onsite used to house dogs. Public parking will remain the same, however, there will be a new parking area for staff and volunteers. New maps and signs will be installed to guide the public through the construction activities while construction progresses over the next two years. 

    Site work to get the modulars to their new location will start April 25 and continue until the construction site is completely vacated. The archeological review of the site will then expand into the cleared area.
    “Getting these modulars moved soon is crucial to making sure the monsoon rains don’t impede on our investigation,” said Ian Milliken, project lead archaeologist for the county’s Cultural Resources division. “We anticipate the larger part of our findings will be in that area.”

    Since the study began in March, archaeologists have uncovered several artifacts dating as late as A.D. 550. Some of these findings include shell jewelry, pottery, and several adobe lined homes, which archaeologists have traced back to prehistoric farmers. 

    “Excavations thus far have demonstrated a multigenerational Hohokam village consisting of numerous houses with a diverse and rich artifact assemblage,” Milliken said. 

    Archaeological tours will open to the public later this summer. These tours will showcase some of the artifacts uncovered and include a historical recap of the area and the people who once inhabited it. 

    For more information about PACC’s new shelter, its progress and upcoming work, visit the Pima Animal Care Center Construction Progress webpage

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