Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

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.

Community Watch

» Milwaukee man, 37, charged with sexual assault of a child in West Allis Updated:  5/27

» Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country 5/27

» Greenfield man facing possible charges after threatening women with loaded gun Updated:  5/26

» 2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek 5/25

» Light poles, electric wires down after traffic accident in Greenfield Updated:  5/25

» Body in parking lot identified as West Milwaukee man, 23 5/24

» Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes Updated:  5/24

» Death investigation after body of a man is found in West Milwaukee 5/24

» State Fair raises rescinded, converted to one-time bonuses 5/23

» Ex-Derzon Coins operator ordered to pay estate $1.2 million 5/22

» Video shows Greenfield police technique to end chase 5/21

» Review: Cream City actors connect in 'Same Time, Next Year' Updated:  5/21

» $26 million upgrade for Greenfield schools ready to go forward Updated:  5/19

» Oak Creek stuns Whitnall, 12-2, in battle of softball powers 5/19

» Input to be sought on Highway 100 project in West Allis, Greenfield 5/17

» A 'Green' exhibit to lift environs of Inspiration Studios in West Allis 5/17

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause Updated:  5/17

» Greenfield residents react to scaled-down Edgerton Avenue project 5/17

» West Allis might switch to carts and mixing all recyclables together 5/17

» Man who chased girl in alley sought by West Allis police 5/12

» Greenfield Highlands clears plan commission, headed for council 5/11

» Two appeals so far in Greenfield concerning beekeeping permits 5/10

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A look at talented Arrowhead baseball team 5/10

» West Allis schools facilities panel to have staff, parents, citizens 5/10

» West Allis Schools superintendent assures cuts won't hurt education 5/9

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Most Popular