When Shawnee Planning Commissioners met Wednesday, the group agreed with a day care center's CUP request so it can rebuild on its existing site.

When Shawnee Planning Commissioners met Wednesday, the group agreed with a day care center's CUP request so it can rebuild on its existing site.

Applicant Chris Gray, of Crafton Tull & Associates, requested conditional use permit (CUP) approval to place a childcare center at 806 E. Grant Street — rebuilding on the same property the center operates on now.

Central Tribes of the Shawnee Area (CTSA)'s Head Start site — currently 1535 N. McKinley Ave. — is 1.38 acres in size and abuts the Beverly Hills Addition, the Yates Addition and the Harrison Ridge Addition — a neighborhood just southwest of KFC.

Interim Community Development Director Jared Cooper — also chief building inspector — said the reason the applicant is required to apply for a CUP — despite the fact that this lot is already being used for a childcare center — is because the applicant intends to demolish the existing two structures, due to the poor conditions of both buildings.

He said the site's current C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial District) distinction does not necessarily have a specific allowance for day care centers.

“Based upon the neighborhood and the fact that there are a lot of residences around there, city staff agreed with the applicant that the most consistent thing to do is request a CUP permit and say, 'this is what we want to build here,'” Cooper said.

It's the same use they've been doing for years, he said.

Surrounding lots already are similarly zoned.

“The southern section of this lot was rezoned from R-1 to C-1 Jan. 21, 2003, and the northern section from R-3 to C-1 on Jan. 20, 2004,” the agenda reads.

The board unanimously voted in favor of the request.

Shawnee Planning Commissioners Robbie Kienzle and Craig Walker were not in attendance.

Now the item will be considered by Shawnee City Commissioners Jan. 22.

Cooper, new to the post, replaces former Community Development Director Justin DeBruin, who resigned and left the post Dec. 7.

The Planning Commission's next regular meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.