‘No’ – Kirkwood residents reject daycare plan

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 11, 2014
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The Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization on Tuesday narrowly rejected a proposal to expand a daycare center on Anniston Avenue.

KNO members voted 17-13 against a special use permit for the daycare with 15 abstentions. Some residents opposed to expanding the center are concerned about opening the door to commercial businesses in a residential district.

The facility currently operates as an in-home daycare center with six children. The special use permit would allow up to 18. The special use permit would transfer to the property’s future tenants.

Neighbors Nolan and Laura Hoistad were among those opposed to supporting the permit.

Nolan Hoistad said the permit, “Creates a different type of rental unit that is more lucrative. We would prefer to foster home ownership.”

Laura Hoistad said approving the permit could set a bad precedent by allowing businesses in a residential area.

“We’re uncomfortable with that door even opening,” she said. “It just doesn’t close.”

The daycare’s owner, Lauren Kilby, said the fears about the center are overblown.

“I don’t even think you guys know I’m there,” she said.  “It’s really a quiet business. They’re toddlers. They’re babies. They’re less than 15 to 20 pounds, most of them.”

After the vote, Kilby said she was disappointed by the outcome. Bill Stephenson, who is handling the site plan for the daycare, attended the meeting. He said the permit will now be considered by the Neighborhood Planning Unit – O and Atlanta’s Zoning Review Board.

During the meeting the KNO also voted to spend $500 to help with the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. The KNO held the first of two required votes to contribute $1,000 to the restoration of Civil War monuments.

The recent Spring Fling event proved lucrative for the neighborhood group. According to information provided at the meeting, the KNO earned $54,679 in total Spring Fling revenues.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. Speaking of the 150 anniversary of the Battle of DECATUR, I’ve been thinking about a reenactment of the marches to Decatur by Southern and northern troops. The Southern march would be about five miles, starting where their forces split in two near the end of Second Avenue and Bouldercrest(?). The northern march would begin at I285 and Lawrenceville Highway about three miles north of Decatur (Yankees can only walk so far). We would meet on the square to commemorate that great day when north and South bravely fought each other 150 years ago but today meet as brothers. Afterwards we could gather at a Decatur Irish bar (after all, most of the troops were of Irish decent) where I would buy the first round and make a toast.

  • Keith Waldrop

    The neighbors of Anniston Avenue do not oppose the operation of a safe legal Day Care on our street. We oppose the re-designation of a home on our street for commercial purposes. The Special Use Permit we voted not to support is an open door to commercial expansion on a park facing, quiet, residential street. Our concerns have nothing to do with Day Care, and are not intended to prevent Ms Kilby, who is not even a named party on the SUP application, from running a successful business.

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