As the closest neighbor to Clinton Elementary School, I want to share my concern over the emerging plan to renovate the Clinton Annex in order to use it as a child-care facility.

To the Editor:

As the closest neighbor to Clinton Elementary School, I want to share my concern over the emerging plan to renovate the Clinton Annex in order to use it as a child-care facility.

Recently, Mary Beth Hirsch claimed that there are absolutely no obstacles to this plan. I am not sure how thoroughly this was examined, but I know of one very big obstacle: There is absolutely no parking associated with that building at all, and that is a major problem.

The school has a very modest parking lot for its own staff, which I am sure they will not be able to share with the 14 staff members that would be necessary for the child-care center. The parking lot that is used by Clinton Elementary School parents is our church parking lot, not theirs or a public lot; I invite you to come by and witness the extreme congestion and volume that it handles every morning at 8:45 and every afternoon at 3:15.

We try to be good neighbors in regards to this issue, but the fact of the matter is I try very hard to either be parked and in the church or nowhere near the church at these two points of the day.

I understand the noble effort to save the historic building, and am not sold that tearing it down is the only answer. But placing a child-care facility with 14 staff and 75 school-aged children on a street that really was not designed to handle that much automobile traffic, with no designated parking, would only add to the problems that neighbors of the school already deal with daily during the school year.

The Rev. Ralph Wolfe
Clinton Heights Lutheran Church