The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Dec. 15 approved a conditional use for a childcare center to move into a portion of the building at 855 Grandview Ave.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Dec. 15 approved a conditional use for a childcare center to move into a portion of the building at 855 Grandview Ave.

The Goddard School is planning to move a franchise into the southwest corner of the building.

The proposed childcare center would consist of about 9,875 square feet of indoor space and 1,050 square feet of outdoor play area attached to the building.

Up to 140 children could occupy the space.

Bill Greenlee of ROI Realty Services, representing the applicant (Old Kyss LLC) and building owner Grandview Business Center, LLC, told the commission the space the childcare center will occupy is currently being used as warehouse space.

The applicant has reviewed its plans with other tenants of the building, he said.

The other tenants have reacted favorably to the plan, Greenlee said, indicating that many of their employees have young children who might enroll in the center.

To address concerns about parking and traffic when parents are dropping off and picking up their children, the site plan would place a 20-space parking area for the Goddard School close to the sole entrance to the center, he said.

The entrance would be in the rear of the building, Greenlee said.

The other tenants of the building and their visitors would use other entrances to the building, he said.

A space plan will be developed to meet state standards for licensure of the center, Greenlee said. The plan will be reviewed first by the applicant before it is submitted to the city.

A 3,600-square-foot modular structure will be installed temporarily at the site to house the childcare operation while the permanent space inside the building is completed.

Greenlee said the temporary structure should be in place no earlier than Feb. 1 and no later than March 1 and would be used for six to nine months.

It will be placed adjacent to the outdoor area to provide the same security for youngsters walking to the play area as the permanent space will provide, he said.

In other business last week, the commission approved the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department's request to install a scoreboard at Pierce Field.

The top of the scoreboard will be about 11 feet high, parks and rec director Sean Robey said. The scoreboard will be installed at Pierce Field's ball diamond, just beyond the fence in deep center field.

Its location will make the sign visible to players and spectators, but not as visible to neighbors of the park, Robey said.

The sign is being donated by the Grandview Baseball and Softball Association, he said. The city will incur a small cost in providing the posts for the sign and installing it.

The commission approved the sign with the conditions that the lines providing power to the sign be placed underground and that the posts and back of the sign be painted black or green.