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Day care proposed for LITH

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 4:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 11:10 p.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A new day care center could be coming to town. Developers IRED Acquisitions has plans to build a 10,000-square-foot day care facility at 15 Crystal Lake Road.

The proposed Learning Experience Day Care Center would be north of the existing buildings on that road – an AutoZone and the Curtis Professional Building.

Village Board members are scheduled to discuss the proposal, and the request for a conditional-use permit, at the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday.

The Learning Experience is a national corporation with more than 175 locations, according to village documents.

The planned location already has the foundation for a 14,700-square-foot building that was slated to be used for medical offices. However, that project was abandoned because of an inability to find tenants.

Developers say they will have a capacity for 140 children. The center would cater to children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, said Nick Vanella, the executive vice president for real estate for the Learning Experience, which is based in Florida.

The facility also would have a 5,000-square-foot playground in the rear of the property. Vanella said building a new day center typically costs $2.5 million to $3 million.

The developers conducted a survey of similar day care facilities within a 5-mile radius and found that many facilities in the area are near capacity, and there is a need for additional day care services, according to village documents.

Planners have included more parking spaces than required for a day care facility, and there would be adequate parking to support office uses, according to a memo from Director of Community Development Dan Olson to the Village Board.

“If the day care center would ever close, the building could be adapted to accommodate other commercial uses,” Olson wrote.

The applicants say the facility would create about 20 jobs.

According to IRED’s conditional-use application, there are more than 4,000 children in the area, which shows there is “a great need” for a child care/educational facility.

“Keeping the children in the area is a great service [and] convenience to the families of Lake in the Hills,” according to IRED’s application.

There also are retail businesses, restaurants and medical services near to the proposed day care location, which parents might use when picking up or dropping off their children.

The facility also would have an established curriculum and monitoring systems in place. Among the security measures planned are security cameras in all of the classrooms, which can be monitored from the director’s office. There also would be a key-fob system that allows enrolled families and staff members access to the center.

If you go What: Lake in the Hills Committee of the Whole When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate

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