Child care center receives Upper Providence approvals

UPPER PROVIDENCE — A second child care center proposed for the Providence Corporate Center received conditional use and tentative land development approval at the May 5 township supervisors’ meeting.

Horsham Goddard School owner Brian Clark plans to expand his childcare operation to the Collegeville area. A similar long-established Kinder-Care facility is also located off Arcola Road in the same business park.

Blue Bell attorney Craig Robert Lewis, representing the corporate center, said all criteria related to the day care conditional use related to market demand and operating hours have been met. In addition, Lewis offered to provide feedback related to the school because his son has been a Goddard student for 18 months.

Clark intends for 24 staff to supervise a maximum of 150 students in a single-story building at 200 Springhouse Drive overlooking Route 29/Collegeville Road.

Providence Corporate Center Vice President Andi Detterline explained that due to a four-acre building lot minimum, the school and a yet-designed standalone structure would share the same parcel. In the future, an office building, up to the maximum square footage shown on the combined plans, would be presented for board review and approval. Until then, grass would indicated the prospective building’s footprint.

Because Springhouse Drive is landlocked between Route 29 and extensive wetland areas, a new walking trail would be constructed to serve as an emergency motor vehicle access path to Arcola Road through an adjacent parking lot.

Lewis sought relief from one topic highlighted in the traffic report. A redesign of the concrete island configuration that delineates the Arcola Road left turn lane onto Collegeville may be necessary to accommodate increased morning and afternoon vehicle traffic. Because the road’s traffic patterns are in transition, Lewis asked for a deferment until corporate center tenant financial responsibilities for a final approved physical specification design can be determined.

The supervisors agreed to defer its decision for any Arcola Road roadway changes until a traffic study is published after the Arcola Road Bridge reopens and the 304-unit apartment complex has been constructed within the corporate park and is occupied.