Former Springfield city pool will change to dog daycare


Springfield’s former city pool provided countless hours of entertainment to area children, but by next year it could be a nearly five-acre playground for pets.

The pool at 715 N. Bechtle Avenue has been closed since 2006. But Springfield’s city commissioners recently voted to approve the sale of the property to Laura Fazio, who plans to use the vacant space as the new home for Wags N Wiggles, her dog daycare business.

MORE: New nonprofit to raise funds for projects in Champaign County

The business has been located in a shopping center at 1608 Upper Valley Pike for the last three years, but Fazio said the daycare has outgrown the space. Moving the business to the Bechtle Avenue site will allow her to nearly double the size of her business from 15 to 28 kennels and provide room for the dogs to run outside. It will also allow her to add a separate grooming area with two groomers.

DETAILS: Springfield, Clark County group learns program is looking to boost investment of transportation tech in Ohio

She said she looked at other locations, but found there were few viable options that fit the specific needs of her business.

“It’s not easy to fit this business into an existing structure,” Fazio said.

The move will also allow Fazio to roughly double the number of her employees within the next few years. She has about a dozen employees now, most of whom are part-time workers.

RELATED: Clark County agency to receive funding to fight opioid abuse

The move also gets the vacant property off the city’s books and back into use, said Tom Franzen, assistant city manager and director of economic development for Springfield. In recent years, city officials had seen problems like illegal dumping and graffiti at the site. The sale price was $92,703.00, according to information from the city.

READ MORE: Developer reviewing options for Kroger store set to close next year

“It’s been kind of a struggle for us,” Franzen said.

Fazio started the business after about 16 years working as a pharmaceutical representative. She took her dogs to Dayton for daycare services, and realized there wasn’t a similar option available in Springfield. Since then, she said the business has largely grown through word of mouth.

MORE BUSINESS NEWS: Controversial housing development in Springfield pushes ahead

“We have a loyal customer base and most of the dogs that come in are regulars,” Fazio said.

She also credited Springfield’s Small Business Development Center for providing business advice and financial assistance to get the business started. She said the business’ new building could be standing as early as November this year, and her goal is to open the new site early next year.

The business allows room for the dogs to spend most of the day playing so they’re more calm when their owners pick them up at the end of the day, she said. The additional space outside will provide a better atmosphere for the pets, she said.

“It’s a huge parking lot with a bunch of grass behind it which is what we needed,” Fazio said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Police: Toddler dies after shooting himself while parent slept
Police: Toddler dies after shooting himself while parent slept

A Georgia toddler allegedly shot and killed himself Thursday, police said. Investigators said they were called to a residence in Jonesboro around noon Thursday about the shooting. Police said the child’s father, Johnathan Butler, 31, was asleep in his bed when the 2-year-old climbed into bed with him. Officers said the toddler...
Dallas airport workers find fossils more than 11,000 years old
Dallas airport workers find fossils more than 11,000 years old

Fossils believed to be more than 11,000 years old were found by two employees of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, KXAS reported. >> Read more trending news  Pieces of a mammoth’s tooth and a bison thigh bone were found in a creek at the airport, WFAA reported.  “Two employees of the airport’s Environmental...
Possible morning slick roads; Cold, blustery day to end the work-week
Possible morning slick roads; Cold, blustery day to end the work-week

Breezy morning with wind gusts 20 to 30 mph Isolated slick spots possible  Cooler than normal weekend Few light rain or snow showers Sunday TODAY: Some drizzle or flurries overnight will continue to end this morning.  We could see an isolated slick spot or two since temperatures are dropping this morning, but road temperatures...
Death investigation reported at the Drake Motel in Clark County
Death investigation reported at the Drake Motel in Clark County

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirm they were investigating a death at the Drake Motel on East National Road Thursday night.  Officials said an investigation was underway just before midnight after at least one person was reported deceased, prompting crews to tape off the motel. No other information was immediately available. ...
Connecticut mom upset after son's hair lit on fire at school
Connecticut mom upset after son's hair lit on fire at school

A Connecticut mother is angry after she said her 17-year-old son’s hair was set on fire, WTNH reported.  >> Read more trending news  Vivian Mabry, the teen’s mother, said the alleged attack occurred Oct. 26 at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, the television station reported. Mabry said her son...
More Stories