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By fall, there could be a new child care center in Sewickley.

Sewickley Community Center officials received approval from Sewickley zoning hearing board members last week to once again host child care services at the Chadwick Street facility.

Code enforcement officer Nancy Watts denied an initial request. She said such a facility is not permitted in an industrial zone.

The community center previously had a child care center, but it had ended operations. It was unclear how long ago that center closed.

But in the board's determination, member Gary Gladowski said, the center's nonconforming use was not abandoned because the community center continued to operate.

Natasha Rostchild of Aliquippa will run the center, which will serve children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

She said she expects to open by fall.

Rostchild previously operated a similar center at St. Andrews United Presbyterian Church on Beaver Street from June through February.

There, Rostchild said, 12 children were enrolled in the program.

She said moving to the community center “is going to be a huge benefit to the program with more recreational activities for the children.”

Community center spokesman and board member Jim Jackson said the community 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.

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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