By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A new, and very large, child care center is now on its way to Goshen.
Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety members Monday officially accepted the dedication of right-of-way and easements and granted plat approval to a petition by Dzung Nguyen and Marlin Yoder, represented by the firm Jones, Petrie, Rafinski (JPR), seeking a three-lot major commercial subdivision to provide for development of a new child care center along Elkhart and Peddler’s Village roads on Goshen’s west side.
With acceptance of the plat, dedication of right-of-way and easements for the property by the Board of Works now official, the petition was sent back to the Goshen Plan Commission Tuesday afternoon where it received secondary plat approval, effectively paving the way for the project to proceed.
Named “Growing Kids Learning Center,” the new center will be built on an area of approximately two acres and will be licensed to handle 248 children and approximately 30 employees. Parking at the site will include approximately 48 spaces.
According to Rhonda Yoder, planning and zoning administrator for the city, the 7.7-acre property is generally located at 3202 and 3212 Elkhart Road with an additional portion of the property at 2909 Peddler’s Village Road.
Yoder said the petition currently seeks to take the two parcels and the additional portion of adjacent property and subdivide them into three lots, with Lot 3 being used for the child care center while Lots 1 and 2 will be retained by the current owner for future development.
Monday’s ruling by the Board of Works follows the Goshen Plan Commission’s approval of the petition in August, which, according to Yoder, was contingent upon the Board of Works accepting the dedication of right-of-way and easements for the project at Monday’s meeting.
“On this plat there is a dedication of right-of-way of 40 feet from the center line north along Peddler’s Village Road,” Yoder said, “and there are a number of easements on the plat.”
According to Yoder, there are several aspects of the proposed plan that do not currently meet the subdivision standards set by the city. However,
Yoder noted that the petition was brought before the Goshen Board of Zoning Appeals in April where it successfully received variances for those deficiencies.
Five developmental variances were approved by the BZA during its April meeting. Those variances included:
• Allowing the designation of a lot with less than required frontage on a dedicated street;
• Allowing primary building access from private shared access easements, where direct access to a public street or approved private street is required;
• Allowing a lot size of 2 acres where 2.85 acres is required for a child care center licensed for 248 children;
• Allowing 48 parking spaces where 65 parking spaces are required for a child care center licensed for 248 children and 30 employees; and
• Allowing a reduction of the required landscaping along the south property line from 20 coniferous trees and 41 shrubs to 25 total plants.
Yoder said that the new child care center will be accessible from both Peddler’s Village Road and U.S. 33.
“This is adjacent to Goshen Buick, so it’s going to be a shared access for the existing Goshen Buick access,” Yoder said. “So that access from U.S. 33 will serve all three of those lots, and then there’s going to be a secondary access from Peddler’s Village Road which will also go all the way through.”
Yoder said it was the desire of the property owners to use the alternate Peddler’s Village Road access as a way to help lessen congestion and ultimately improve safety.