In the end — which was about 11:30 p.m. — the Planning Commission voted 5-0 not to grant a conditional use permit for the owner to set up a preschool at the corner of Mattos Drive and Fremont Boulevard.
Dominic Dutra said during the meeting that he’d appeal if that was the result, so I’m guessing it’ll go to the council.
It was an interesting battle that went on so long it became tedious.
Working in Centerville has made me realize just what a pain it is to make a left onto Fremont Boulevard and how slow traffic moves southbound on Fremont shortly after 2 p.m. when Centerville Middle School lets out.
But the prospective business owner has bought her building and paid $50k toward getting her permits, and now her project is at risk mainly because she’s providing two few parking spaces.
In the face of all the Glenmoor residents who showed up to oppose the school, I’m surprised that Dutra didn’t trot out some of the school owner’s present day care customers, or some fresh faced young parents. Most of the opponents were a little long in tooth.
Of the five Planning Commissioners able to vote — Dirk Lorenz owns nearby property and David Bonaccorsi represents the Dutras — only one has a child under 10.