National Aquarium plans animal care center

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 17:02:31-05

The National Aquarium says it plans to build an Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore's Jonestown neighborhood.

The aquarium purchased the building at 901 E. Fayette St. last month for $4.25 million, according to land records. The aquarium says in a news release that renovation of the 50,000 square-foot property is expected to take 18 months, with a 2018 move-in date

The aquarium's Animal Care Center is currently located in Fells Point, where it has been for 22 years. The site is used to quarantine animals, house injured or sick animals, perform animal rescue functions and rehabilitate creatures.

Jonestown Planning Council member Joseph M. Cronyn says the new center should contribute to the Jonestown neighborhood's revitalization.

The aquarium says it "has funding plans in place" for the new facility.