Preschool on North Street is denied
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org March 5, 2013 11:56AM
CROWN POINT — On Feb. 25, the Board of Zoning Appeals sent a negative recommendation to the City Council on a request for allowing a preschool in an I-1 Industrial zone.
Wayne and Rachael Hiestand wanted to use the building, formerly used by Wayne Borowski as a barbershop and the next-door insurance company, as a preschool. This was not to be a day-care facility. Their wish is to have this as just a teaching facility.
The Hiestands explained that this is near the SportsPlex and an area geared to kids. The class size would be between 12 and 15 pre-school students with a maximum of 18. Each class would meet for two and one-half hours.
There would be one class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Parents would be given 10-minute windows when their child must arrive and depart, cutting down on the number of cars bringing a child to the class or picking up that child.
BZA member John Marshall said, “I own property very close to this and when the barber shop was there I would walk. The traffic is so bad there. Getting in and out is very dangerous.”
Borowski moved Man Cave Barber Shop to Summit Street where there is additional parking and greater safety of movement for his customer’s vehicles.
Marshall also asked the petitioners if they were doing any major repairs to the building. He said, “The building structurally is in pretty bad shape. The floor is out of line.”
The Hiestands were not planning on doing any repair to the building; they would just be renting.
BZA member Aldi Vellutini asked the petitioners if they had looked at any other locations. Wayne Hiestand told her and the rest of the board that this was ideal for them.
Vellutini made the motion to send a negative recommendation to the City Council based on the traffic hazard and danger to the children and parents this location would present.