NOW:53214:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
32°
H 32° L 27°
Cloudy | 5MPH

City relents in effort to expel day care; neighbors upset

Learning Years has made adequate fixes

Nov. 12, 2008

The Learning Years day care center will stay in business after making improvements requested by the city to its property at 932 S. 60th St.

In June, the city considered revoking the day care center’s special-use permit because of a litany of problems, such as high weeds, a deteriorating building exterior and inadequate handicap parking.

The Learning Years got time to fix the problems, however, and city officials said Nov. 5 they were satisfied with the improvements.

Stricter enforcement

Because the area is an important part of their long-range redevelopment plans, city officials have stepped up efforts to enforce the permits. In particular, 60th Street serves as a main gateway to West Allis and is close to the Six Points redevelopment.

The council previously revoked the permit of University of Wisconsin-Extension, which resided in the same building, due to similar conditions.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District owns the building, the former Roosevelt School, and leases space to the Learning Years.

Bad neighbor?

The council’s decision to allow the Learning Years to stay will not sit well with some of its neighbors, including 22-year residents Joe and Terri Vento.

Terri Vento told the council in October that the couple is selling their home because of problems tied to the day care center. The play area next to her house has resulted in excessive noise, garbage and dirty diapers spewed in her lawn, she said. She considers it an unsafe environment.

“The Learning Years has turned my home into a hell,” Vento said.

Other neighboring residents and business owners told similar stories when the issue was presented to the council in June.

Solutions to problems

City officials and others said the problems are not insurmountable.

Responding to Vento’s observation that the playground was on the opposite side of the building when it served as an elementary school, city officials said they might be able to work with neighbors and the Learning Years to realign the property.

A man representing the Learning Years, who declined to give his name, said problems were exaggerated and that the day care center could work out differences with neighbors.

Attorney Roger Pyzyk, representing owner Laura Cagle, said in June that the day care spent tens of thousands of dollars on improvements.

Mark Schaaf can be reached at (262) 446-6605.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night 12/18

» Central wrestlers take control of GMC race with 29-27 win over Falls 12/17

» Whitnall School Board closer to facilities referendum decision 12/16

» Blocked sewer leads to sewage spill into Honey Creek 12/12

» Greenfield St. Vincent de Paul store opening soon, accepting donations 12/11

» West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce fundraiser does OK 12/10

» West Allis man sentenced for voting twice in 2012 presidential election 12/10

» Proposed Meijer's aesthetics, driveway concern Greenfield commission 12/10

» Large car show moving to State Fair Park 12/10

» Whitnall survey shows support for new school, other projects 12/9

» West Allis takes stronger control of pawn shops 12/8

» Greenfield Christmas lights contest in full swing 12/8

» Heroin dealer convicted of 2 overdose deaths in 2012 12/5

» Resident input wanted for two Greenfield road projects 12/4

» Mequon lawyer indicted on 33 counts related to fraud, money laundering Updated:  12/3

» Barrett against freeway double deck; West Allis open to idea 12/3

» Crews clear crash that closed 2 NB lanes of Highway 45 at West Allis Updated:  11/29

» Greenfield School Board nixes funding to explore charter school idea 11/25

» Layton Avenue entrance to Greenfield High School among road proposals 11/25

» Whitnall School District makes AP honor roll 11/24

» Hearings next week on I-94 ramps deemed critical to West Allis 11/24

» West Allis residents to name qualities needed in new superintendent 11/24

» Greenfield council approves 2015 budget after no one speaks at hearing 11/19

» Draft report admits economic harm to West Allis of likely ramp closure 11/19

» Low registrations cause drug, alcohol program postponement at Whitnall 11/17

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT