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Day Care Center Proposal in Independence Needs Work, City Says

The Independence City Council decided at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday night to table the first reading of a resolution to green-light a proposed day care in the Gateway complex zone.

The proposal, presented at the meeting by a representative from Arlinghaus Builders and owner Jessica Ballard, faced heavy opposition from Mayor Chris Reinersman and city council.

Some of the opposition to the day care stemmed from whether the materials used to build the structure would be natural materials, as well as the overall design of the building. Also, members of council were concerned that the builders and owner did not consult with Planning and Development Services about the plans.

Reinersman would like to see the developers come back with plans for the façade of the building and the side facing the new KY 17, among other things.

“I think in the end, we’re going to have a great building for everyone,” Reinersman said. “I think it will work well for their use and it will look well for the Arlinghaus development.”

Currently at the Gateway complex, located at the corner of McCollum Rd. and new KY 17 in Independence, St. Elizabeth recently built a physicians’ outpatient center and offices. The day care, slated to be called the Independence Learning Center, would be built near the same parcel of land that the St. Elizabeth’s building is located.

The issue was tabled until the next regularly-scheduled meeting of the city council, currently slated for Sept. 14 at the Independence City Council chambers.

Other notes:

Two police officers were promoted to Sergeant by Reinersman and Police Chief Anthony J.  Lucas. Officers Jake Boyle and Russell Wilson will begin their promotions immediately.

Council member Tom Brinker was presented with a Key to the City by Mayor Reinersman for his contributions to the annual 4th of July Extravaganza.

City Council held the first reading of a resolution that would rename a portion of Centennial Way in Independence to Richard Wainscott Way, in memory of Richard Wainscott, a beloved resident who worked at the Independence Kroger since 1999. Wainscott was killed in 2014 after being struck by a car in the Kroger parking lot.

Written by Clayton Castle, RCN contributor

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