$4M expansion planned for De Soto vet clinic

DE SOTO, Kan. – De Soto’s only veterinary clinic is planning a major upgrade.

On Thursday, the De Soto City Council voted 5-0 to approve a 75%, 10-year tax abatement request and sales tax exemption to support the clinic’s expansion.

In 2020, Dr. Matt Fehr purchased the De Soto Veterinary Clinic under the name DM Vet Properties LCC.

DM Vet Properties will now collaborate with Lawrence-based developer Alcove Development to build a new clinic south of the existing De Soto Veterinary Clinic.

The development team intends to create two, 10,000-square-foot mixed-use buildings at the northeast corner of Lexington and Penner avenues. The proposed building would sit on approximately 1.6 acres of land to the north of the existing Dollar General.

The veterinary clinic will occupy the lower level of the first building and the second floor will include a 600-square-foot apartment for veterinary students. The remaining part of the first building will be used as a dance studio and warehouse.

The second building will include four office spaces for rent on the first floor and six apartment units on the second floor. The project is expected to cost approximately $4 million to complete.

Currently, De Soto Vet occupies an approximately 1,000-square-foot building north of the proposed site. The new space will allow the company to hire an additional 3-4 support staff and purchase additional equipment for surgeries and other services.

According to city documents, construction is scheduled to begin in June. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2024.

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