Plan Commission says no to preschool a second time

Sept. 15, 2009

The village Plan Commission for a second time recommends denial of a conditional-use permit for the Brown Deer Preschool and Recreation Center that would be located at Trinity Community Church, 9450 N. 60th St. Residential neighbors have opposed the proposal since it was first presented, arguing a for-profit business does not belong in the area. A not-for-profit, parent-run preschool that operated during the school year was located at the church until 2008 when it closed for lack of enrollment.

The applicant, Marquita Glass, modified her first plan for what she describes as a year round preschool, bringing it back to the commission after that board denied it. The first proposal was for children aged 2 1/2 to 12.

The most recent proposal was for children 2 1/2 to five years of age. Children would be brought to the site in transport vans and have both breakfast and lunch at the preschool. The hours were shortened from the original 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The commission held a public hearing last month on the most recent proposal but gave Glass extra time to work out some inconsistencies between business plans presented to them.

Glass did not contact staff during the ensuing month and staff was unable to reach her. Staff recommended denial of the permit at the commission's Monday meeting.

The matter goes to the Village Board for a final decision Sept. 21

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