Daycare expansion meets approval

Published 10:59 pm Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Troy Board of Adjustments unanimously approved a request Thursday, for a variance to operate a Daycare Center in a residential zoning district in Troy.

Loraine Lampley told the board she has been a day care provider for 13 years, and she’s ready to expand the business she runs out of her home on Corman Avenue.

“I’ve been turning down a lot of children,” Lampley said. “I’d like to expand my business and continue to do a good job for the city of Troy.”

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Board member Perry Green was the first to voice approval to the request, citing the proximity of Lampley’s home as the reason.

“It’s primarily for all intensive purposes a commercial zone anyway,” he said.

Green explained that because Lampley’s home is located adjacent to a commercial zone the variance is justified. He also suggested the board does not normally advocate such requests under normal circumstances.

“We aren’t in the business of allowing businesses in residential areas,” he said.

Lampley will have to undergo inspections and meet criteria set by the Fire Department and the Department of Human Resources before the city will issue a license.

“I’m going to get everything done in the house,” she said. “I’m practically redoing the house and putting in a new security system and the whole nine yards.”

Lampley said she hopes the process will be complete before the end of the year and she expects to go from providing daycare for 6-12 children, to up to 45-65.

In other business the board elected new officers.

Jack Norton was re-elected chairman and William Wright was voted in as vice chairman.