Guilford County Animal Services has now completely moved all the animals from the old Guilford County Animal Shelter at 4525 West Wendover Ave. just south of I-40 to the new shelter at 980 Guilford College Road in Greensboro.
The old Animal Shelter property is in one of the busiest commercial areas of the county and now the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is going to decide what to do with that currently unused real estate.
The likely sale of that property will be the subject of discussion at the work session of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Carolyn Coleman Conference Room on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse in downtown Greensboro.
The first listed purpose on the work session agenda is to “discuss disposition of county property located at 4525 W. Wendover Avenue, the former location of the Guilford County Animal Shelter.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said that he hadn’t seen an appraisal for the land, but he said that, given the location and the county’s lack of uses for the property, it certainly make sense to sell it.
He added the land would be of greater value if the county owned the Wendover frontage and he speculated that the Humane Society of the Piedmont, which sits on that frontage property, may want to buy the land.
“I would want myself as a neighbor,” said the chairman, whose day job is in real estate.
When the county built the shelter decades ago, there was almost no development in the area and the small road that ran in front of it looked absolutely nothing at all like Wendover does today. However, anyone who’s ever tried to drive through the area at 5:15 p.m. on a weekday knows well that the Bridford Parkway area is now packed solid with almost every type of business imaginable.
For years, interested buyers have had their eyes on the shelter site. Over a decade ago, former Guilford County Property Manager David Grantham said he was approached by interested buyers – including a car dealer – even though the county still had an active shelter on the property.
The Board of Commissioners is almost certain to vote to do what the county usually does with property it no longer uses – put it up for sale and let the highest bidder take it.
At the Thursday afternoon work session, the board will also consider a change order for Sheriff’s Department’s new headquarters project, hold a closed session to consult with the county attorney, and discuss “potential real property acquisition.”
The meeting will be aired via zoom at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619038050, and will also be livestreamed on Guilford County’s Facebook page.