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New daycare finds champions

Posted 7/07/15 (Tue)

John D. Taylor
A new daycare facility in Crosby took one step closer to reality at Monday evening’s city council meeting, when Community Development Director KayCee Lindsey announced New Century Ag is willing to donate their 5th Avenue former bowling alley property as a place to locate the project.
The 2,900 square foot corner lot, located east of the swimming pool with a new splash pad coming and a park, is a great fit, Alderman Troy Vassen said.
However, Lindsey told the council, there are two stipulations: To get a state Land Board grant to do the construction, the city must own the property. Also, if no daycare is built, New Century Ag wants the property back.
The Economic Development Council, the principal driver of the renewed effort to make a daycare happen, still wants to help with the project, Lindsey said, but the city must own the property. After construction, the city could turn the property over to Crosby Kids Daycare, a 501c-4 non-profit.
Lindsey also suggested the city, rather than bid out construction of the daycare, seek requests for proposals (RFP) from contractors, to acquire site development ideas -- something the Crosby Community Center did to good advantage, Vassen said.
Lindsey worries the 2013 architectural plans from Hulsing & Associates can’t be used at the new location and Mayor Bert Anderson agreed.
However, former mayor Les Bakken suggested that since the city spent $200,000 for the 2013 daycare/apartment plans, asking Hulsing & Associates if the plans can be modified makes sense.
While the council appeared to be in consensus on the city owning the property, it did not offer a resolution to approve acquiring New Century’s bowling alley property. The council did approve a resolution to contact Hulsing & Associates, and to seek bids or RFPs from contractors.
Lindsey said she will apply for the Land Board grant immediately.