GOWANUS — A national chain of animal hospitals has leased a former Third Avenue warehouse and plans to open a 24-hour 25,000-square-foot facility there early next year, a spokeswoman for the company said.
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, which provides emergency vet care and specialty surgeries, expects to start renovations next month at 172 and 182 Third Ave., side-by-side buildings on the corner of Douglass Street.
The two-story BluePearl hospital will have "on-site advanced imaging capabilities, including a 64-slice CT, high field MRI and dual radiology suites," company spokeswoman Carrie O'Brion said. "The first floor will be dedicated as an outpatient treatment space and a private second floor will house inpatient, ICU, surgery, ultrasound, cardiology and procedure suites."
The new BluePearl location will replace its existing 8,000-square-foot hospital at 32 Fourth Ave., O'Brion said. The Fourth Avenue location will remain open until the new one is complete.
"We know pets are members of the family, and we have all come to expect a higher standard of medical care for them," said Steve Baker, Group Director of Operations for BluePearl in New York and New Jersey. "Our new hospital will help us deliver on this promise of superior service for all of our Brooklyn patients."
The buildings BluePearl is leasing are zoned for manufacturing. They were once occupied by R&R Gaver Knitwear and had been artists' lofts within the past several years.
Tenants said they were being unfairly forced out in 2011 when a charter school planned to take over the space. The school never moved in, and building owner Jack Elo told DNAinfo New York on Thursday that all the tenants eventually left when their leases expired.
Elo also owns the vacant lot down the block on Third Avenue and Butler Street. U-Tech Elevator will be building a showroom and offices there, Elo said.
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