POWNAL, Vt. -- A local man plans to build a hotel for pets off Route 7.
Ryan Maturski, of State Line Drive, has filed for an Act 250 permit with the District 8 Environmental Commission. He said in an interview that for nearly a year he has been going through the municipal permitting phase, which he expects to be concluded this week.
Maturski said the hotel, called Pawnal Pets, will be built on the east side of Route 7 between the Ladd Brook Motel and Winchester's Store. Nothing exists there now, he said, and the building itself is planned to be 500 feet from the road. The relative isolation makes it a good location, he said.
District 8 Environmental Commission Coordinator Warren Foster said whether the project is a minor or a major application has yet to be determined. If it is deemed minor, notice will be sent to adjoining landowners who may request a hearing. If none do, then there will be no hearing. Foster said if the commission feels it has enough information, it may deem the project minor. He said it is hard to say, as there is nothing on the site now so little is known about it.
According to the application, the building will be able to hold 10 dogs and 10 cats. Maturski said his aim is to run it more like a hotel than a kennel. People will be able to make reservations for their pets online, and possibly check in on them via webcam.
Because of the fairly isolated location, Maturski said he does not think barking will be a problem, but in addition, the building is designed with noise control features, and only one or two pets will be outside together at a time.
Maturski said his wife, a veterinary technician, had the idea to open a pet hotel after Racingjunk.com, an Internet company he co-founded and was a principal of, was sold to a California company. Maturski, a native of Pownal, helped run the website, an online motorsports marketplace, out of North Adams.
He said he feels the new pet business will be well-received. Only one person attended the two town hearings on the project and they seemed mostly curious.