Daycare looks to expand to old Rambler’s

By The Mercury

An area daycare wants to open a new location in a building previously occupied by Rambler’s Steak House and Saloon, and by Kite’s Grille and Bar before that.

Créche, which operates a daycare at 2024 Vanesta Place, is looking to expand with a second location in the former restaurant building at 8200 South Port Drive No. 11. Current zoning for the site, which is in the Heritage Square South commercial planned unit development, doesn’t list daycares among its permitted uses.

City commissioners on Tuesday will consider an amendment to allow the move.

Property owner Tim Schultz of Schultz Property Management is applying for the change. The facility would be a group daycare center, and would serve as many as 90 children. Plans for this facility include renovating the space to include classrooms, office spaces, a reception area, storage and restrooms. The outdoor seating area, along with a grassy space west of the building, would be fenced in and converted to a playground. No changes would be required to parking, or to existing rules for signage or lighting.

According to a memo from Chad Bunger, assistant director of community development, the amendment is consistent with the intent of the PUD to provide a broad range of service and retail uses. It “should not limit the original use of the development lot and will promote the efficient use of the site, and PUD, by allowing the continued use of a major space in the development,” according to the memo. The Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of the amendment in March. Schultz said in a letter
to the board that the daycare will be a relative gain for the public.

“Quality childcare is in high demand through the area, and Créche, with a proven track record, currently has a large waiting list to get into their westside facility, with some parents who live on the east side of town currently driving to the west side facility.”

In other business, city commissioners will consider amending development plans at the Stonecreek Business Center to accommodate a two-story office building for Inspire ENT Sleep Lab.

The site for the proposed 6,000-square-foot building is southeast of Scenic Drive and Anderson Avenue. The applicant and property owner is Eric Purdom with ENT Properties Inc. Purdom is an otolaryngologist who has an office at Stonecreek. Half of the new building would be used for the sleep lab, and the rest would be occupied by another tenant at a later date.

The development plan originally included just four buildings, totaling 39,800 square feet of building footprint.

To date, 34,575 square feet of commercial space has been approved through final development plans, according to a city memo. Of that total square footage approved, 27,175 square feet of commercial space has been built or is in some stage of construction.

The planning board in March recommended approval of the change with a vote of 4-1. Commissioners also will have the second consideration of the K-State Foundation economic development application at the meeting.

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