A new daycare centre may be on the way to the city’s north end, taking over soon-to-be-vacated Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) office space.
A daycare is proposed for five units at 485 Silvercreek Pkwy. N. which is on the southeast corner of the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Silvercreek Parkway.
In order for that plan to move forward, the city’s committee of adjustment would need to approve a request to expand the permitted uses there. Though a day care centre isn’t currently a permitted use, it is allowed as an accessory use.
“An outdoor play area will be required for the day care centre, if approved,” notes a a cover letter submitted to the committee. “It is proposed to be located directly behind the proposed day care centre location at the south end of the building.”
Committee members are set to make a decision on the request during their Oct. 12 meeting.
No exterior building renovations or expansion are planned for the 1,022-square-metre day care centre.
The plaza includes 156 parking spaces, which is beyond the 92 required by existing regulations, the cover letter explains, noting 14 would need to be removed in order to accommodate an outside play area.
CMHA Waterloo Wellington is in the midst of constructing a new building at 737 Woolwich St. dedicated to children and youth services. That’s where the current Silvercreek offices will be moved, along with some staff from the agency’s Waterloo Avenue office.
The Woolwich Street centre is in the “final stages of construction,” notes CMHA WW CEO Helen Fishburn in an email to GuelphToday.
“As with any large construction project in the final stages, it is difficult to determine an exact move in date at this time, but generally speaking, we are hoping to move at the end of this year, or early next year,” she wrote.
The committee of adjustment meeting begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 inside council chambers at city hall. It will also be streamed live at guelph.ca/live.