NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A special permit by the New Rochelle Zoning Board will allow construction to start on a day-care center.
The zoning board ok'd building owner Urban Community Metro's plan to open a 4,000-square-foot day-care center for children under two-and-a-half years. It would be located on the lower level of their 466 Main St. building, and operate between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some activities on Saturday.
In making a decision, the board favored the proximity of the Growing Minds day-care facility's entrance to the building’s parking lot, and the amount of time parents would use to pick up and drop off children in the 12 spaces available to the center. The lot also has 50 spaces for day-care staff and other medical-staff tenants who work in the building.
Growing Minds co-owners Jennifer Jones and Yuliana Cabrera will now submit design plans for the structure.
Zoning Board Chairman Richard Sosis said the idea for a day-care center is a type of community service for the downtown area.
“It is very much a good thing that the community helps,” he said.
Jones and Cabrera said they were relieved that the process of getting their venture under way was finally complete, pending construction.
“We've been through a lot of obstacles with choosing a location,” said Jones.
The zoning board can issue a special permit for a project, based on what the applicant submits, and whether the board thinks it’s satisfactory.
An applicant’s plan also must make sure traffic patterns around the area are not changed, and water use to the building is not affected.