Day care center wins conditional approval

March 29, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission gave its conditional approval last night to a site plan for the first day care center within town limits.

The center, to be developed by Bill and Trudy Hauptman in an existing building at 605 Ridge Ave., would serve a maximum of 87 children.

Planning commission members voted 2-1 for conditional approval of the site plan.

A revised plan that addresses issues raised by Town Planner Teresa Bamberger must be resubmitted to the commission before it will give final approval.

Ms. Bamberger characterized the issues as "relatively minor," but she questioned the accuracy of the location of trees and utility poles in the site plan, the height of a perimeter fence and the size of an outside play area.

In all, Ms. Bamberger listed 19 items to be addressed in the revised site plan.

"There's a great need for child care in Mount Airy," said Mrs. Hauptman, who runs a day care center for 20 children off Legion Drive.

She said there is a particular shortage for school-age children.

The students at the existing center would move to the new center on Ridge Avenue when it is built, she said.

Mrs. Hauptman said that about 45 children already are enrolled in the proposed day care center. That number includes those attending the existing center.

The new center would occupy 2 acres of a 10-acre site at Ridge and Park avenues. The site is owned by developer Michael Berman.

The commission gave Mr. Berman final approval last month for a site plan for the first phase of the Wildwood Park II senior housing development on 4 acres of the property.

Planning Commission Chairman Frederick Goundry, who voted against site plan approval for the day care center, said the proposal was incomplete.

"This is not a complete site plan, and it warrants further study and a little more refinement," he said. Mr. Goundry said he was concerned about whether a 20-foot-wide, two-way driveway could handle the traffic to and from the day care center.

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