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Proposed preschool in CP nixed

Updated: February 25, 2013 10:26PM



CROWN POINT — Inadequate parking put a stop to a favorable recommendation for a proposed preschool across the street from the city’s Sportsplex.

Monday the Board of Zoning Appeals moved 3-2 against recommending approval for the business over congestion and safety issues they feared may arise when parents would attempt to drop off and retrieve their children for classes along busy North Street.

Wayne and Rachael Hiestand appeared before the board to ask permission to locate the preschool at 1414 E. North St. The building, a converted residential structure, was formerly home to a barber shop and insurance business.

Wayne Hiestand said the couple would like to open a preschool that provides about two to two and half hours of teaching to a maximum of 18 students in two sessions a day. The preschool would be run by Racheal Hiestand, a certified elementary school teacher in the Lake Central School Corp. system.

Board President Dan Rohaley said while he has no problem with the concept of the preschool or its location by the Sportsplex, the building’s existing parking lot does not appear to adequately accommodate the traffic flow 12 to 15 students a session would generate.

“My concern when I first saw this was the parking plan,” Rohaley said. John Marshall and Alda Vellutini agreed.

“I think the problem with the building is traffic,” Marshall said.

The couple said they were aware of the traffic concerns and could stagger the arrival of students in 10-minute increments to minimize congestion. Students also would be escorted in and out of the building by workers.

“We have looked at other locations but we want to be in that part of town,” Wayne Hiestand said.

The building and location, they said, would be ideal for the business and fits in their financial plan. Currently it is divided in two and the section they plan to use for the preschool has a kitchenette that would accommodate snacks.

Rohaley said while the BZA is recommending against the plan, the City Council will have final say on the matter Monday.



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