Despite community resistance, a former Unitarian Church will finally be converted into a daycare.
The former church, located at 110th Avenue and 126th Street, was used as a private residence after the church moved locations.
The building has maintained it’s zoning for childcare.
Over the summer, certain residents appealed to the city’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board after the property owners began renovations. That appeal was denied at the end of September.
Carla Stolte is the president of the Westmount Community League. She told Global News that while the community league does not take stances when it comes to issues between residents, she can see how a childcare facility could benefit the community.
“There is a particular value in the community that would support a daycare,” said Stolte. “We have a lot of young families moving into the neighbourhood.”
Around a decade ago, the landowner attempted to rezone the church into a building for commercial use, but the community rallied against it. Now, the Westmount Childcare Development Centre is planning to go through with making the property into a large daycare.
Stolte assured Global News that no one has anything against childcare, and that the reasons for protesting the renovation are valid.
“For the people who are against it, it really is fear for pedestrian safety in the neighborhood,” she explained. “And that I can understand.”
In addition to pedestrian safety, issues cited by the residents against the new daycare are concerns of noise, parking, and traffic.
The owners of the proposed daycare will head to court against the opposing residents in late January. (KLM)