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Sewickley Community Center's request to open day care center denied

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sewickley Community Center's request to establish a day care could hinge on a decision by the borough's zoning hearing board.

Members of the Chadwick Street nonprofit organization are seeking to create a child-care center, but borough Code Enforcement Officer Nancy Watts denied an initial request, explaining that such a facility is not permitted in an industrial zone.

“It's black and white that I had to deny that use,” Watts said.

Watts said that because the center operates with membership dues, she considers it a private club, which is a permitted use in an industrial zone.

Sewickley Community Center spokesman and board member Jim Jackson said the center is operated with “frugal fees” from members, but also offers programming and space to the community at large.

“It's for people with “moderate incomes,” he said.

Jackson said the center previously had a day care.

The center offers a community food bank for residents living in nearby municipalities, and has recreational facilities used by community and school groups, including the Quaker Valley wrestling team, Jackson said.

In addition, the center also offers meeting room spaces for parties, banquets, Jackson said.

Zoning hearing board members are expected to announce a decision at their May 7 meeting.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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