Day care to open on Central Avenue in Columbia Heights

The Columbia Heights City Council on Jan. 14 unanimously approved a parking variance and a shared parking agreement for a proposed day care.

A day care center is proposed for the former Anderson’s Heating and Air Conditioning building at 4347 Central Ave. N.E. (Courtesy of the city of Columbia Heights)

A day care center is proposed for the former Anderson’s Heating and Air Conditioning building at 4347 Central Ave. N.E. (Courtesy of the city of Columbia Heights)

Saynab Yusuf, the applicant, would like to open a day care center at 4347 Central Ave. N.E., the former Anderson’s Heating and Air Conditioning building.

According to Assistant Community Development Director Sheila Cartney, the variance allows four fewer parking stalls than the minimum requirement per city code. Yusuf also requested approval of shared parking with Sarna’s Tobacco store, the adjacent property to the south.

The building’s previous use needed to provide nine parking stalls, which can fit based on the layout of the lot and location of the building, Cartney said. Yusuf is required to have 13 parking stalls for her day care.

Cartney noted that the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council approved two variances for the drive aisle and parking setback for the site’s previous use in July 2012, which recognizes that the site is tight for any type of use. The variances were for an office and retail use that ended up not moving into the building.

Currently, there is no striped parking on the premises. Yusuf plans to bus students in two vans to and from the day care, which lessens the need for parking. She has permission from the owner of Sarna’s Tobacco for shared parking of up to six stalls.

She expects to serve about 35 children and have six employees. A fenced, outdoor play area is proposed.

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Jan. 2 and recommended approval of the proposed variance with a 4-0 vote.

 

Contact Kassie Petermann at kassie.petermann@ecm-inc.com 

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