Reynoldsburg City Council will hear the second reading of an ordinance June 23 that would grant a special exception use permit for a proposed “education center” on Radekin Road.
The city’s Board of Zoning and Building Appeals (BZBA) has already recommended that council approve the request, but service committee members questioned Monday, June 16, whether the proposal is actually for an education center or an expansion of a daycare center,
Melinda Williams told the committee that Michael’s Little Angels Education Center, which she hopes to open at 6153 Radekin Road, would be used for educational tutoring and after-school care for children age 5 and older.
Because the property is zoned community commercial, she needs a special exception permit in order to operate an educational facility there.
Councilwoman Leslie Kelly said the fact the space would include after-school care made it sound like a daycare center expansion, since Williams also owns the adjacent Michael’s Little Angels Daycare, at 1733 Brice Road.
“It sounds like a daycare center with tutoring built in,” Kelly said.
If the business were classified as a daycare center, it would have stricter requirements, she said, such as a suitable outside play area for children.
Williams said children would be picked up by bus from local schools around 2:30 p.m. and brought to the tutoring center for after-school care and tutoring, to begin about 3:30 p.m.
“It is not a daycare,” Williams said.
She said the maximum number of students in the facility would be 17, whereas the maximum at the daycare center is 43.
The property is on the south side of Radekin Road between Idlewild Drive and Brice Road. It is 726 square feet, according to information supplied by the BZBA.
Councilman Cornelius McGrady III said he sent the permit application to state officials and they thought it sounded like a daycare extension.
Councilman Chris Long said even if council approves the special exception permit, the educational facility would have to be licensed by the state.
“It would be up to the state to decide if there could be tutoring sessions there,” he said.
The June 23 council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.