Dr. Jack Johnson has operated his veterinary hospital on South Broadway for 30 years.



Now the hospital has moved downtown and, technically, its address is 101 E. Euclid.



But it’s still called the Broadway Animal Hospital, and ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Wednesday morning for the new hospital.

Dr. Jack Johnson has operated his veterinary hospital on South Broadway for 30 years.

Now the hospital has moved downtown and, technically, its address is 101 E. Euclid.

But it’s still called the Broadway Animal Hospital, and ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Wednesday morning for the new hospital.

“We want to congratulate Dr. Johnson on his wonderful new facility,” said Christina Peterson, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce membership coordinator.

“All the things I’ve dreamed of doing for 30 years I’ve put into this building,” Johnson said. “Thirty years of experience are reflected here.”

The hospital occupies an old structure that was gutted and renovated, with Johnson doing a large part of the work himself.

“The front part of the building is about 100  years old, and the back part is about 60 years old, but it’s as sturdy as they come,” he said.

The concrete floor, for example, did not need to be replaced, but did have to be cut away around the drains. “We jackhammered and jackhammered to get through that,” Johnson said.

He said that Dale Hart was the main contractor for the renovation project. “Dale came to work for us when he was in college and cleaned the runs,” Johnson said. “He helped me build my house. He’s a great person and a great friend, and I have to thank him many, many times over.”

The hospital has state-of-the-art laser surgery equipment, bathing and grooming areas, a kitchen area and shower for employees and a kennel area for boarding dogs. Cats have multi-level “kitty condos,” which resemble wooden cabinets.

“They allow the cats to get a lot more exercise while they’re being boarded,”  Johnson said.
In back of the building are two fenced exercise yards for dogs.

Part of the project was assisted by Facade Grants. “During Phase One of the downtown project those grants went to businesses on Broadway for improvements,” noted Judy Westhoff, Pittsburg downtown development director. “Phase Two goes a block east and a block west of Broadway. By having his main entrance on Euclid, Dr. Johnson qualified for a grant.”

Mark Turnbull, Pittsburg economic development director, thanked the veterinarian for moving his hospital to the downtown area.

“We appreciate anyone looking at our core area,” Turnbull said. “Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for staying in Pittsburg and redeveloping Pittsburg.”