Downtown mansion could become preschool

Developers plan to convert a former mansion on East Town Street Downtown into a preschool, according to a plan presented to the city on Tuesday.

The proposal calls for the conversion of the 1850s mansion at 538 E. Town St. into the Sprout Early Education Center.

Sprout bought the property in July for $1.8 million from 10th Avenue Holdings, which bought the building, and one on each side — including the 1852 Snowden-Gray house — in April for $2.55 million. dollars.

Sprout only has plans for the building in the middle, as well as a shed in the back.

Sprout plans to convert the building into a preschool after adding a small addition to a narrow wing connecting the Town Street building to the coach house. A playground would also be added to the rear where there is now parking.

Except for a fence and ramp, no changes would be made to the building’s Town Street facade, architect Kevin Parzych told the city’s downtown commission on Tuesday. .

Sprout now operates two preschools, at 415 E. Main St. and 1392 S. High St.

The Downtown Commission approved the change on Tuesday, after some members expressed concern about site traffic during drop-off and pick-up.

The daycare is part of several changes, including several apartment buildings, proposed around Topiary Park on the east side of downtown.

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