WATERLOO — A new daycare and activity center for seniors is about to be built on the north side of town.
Both centers would be built on 32 acres of municipal land at 501 Lakeside St., east of East Fourth Street and two blocks north of East Donald Street in the North Crossing area, according to documents released Tuesday. to the Planning, Programming and Zoning Commission. .
The daycare is proposed for the southern part of the land, while the activity center for the elderly would be built on the northern part. Additional space would be available for future development.
The area is expected to be rezoned from A-1 and R-2 to R-4, which would allow the centers to be built, if city council approves.
Along with the application was a plan to install sidewalks on both sides of East Fourth Street as well as an internal connection to the existing North Crossing development to the west.
North Crossing will develop the area in conjunction with the city, according to Noel Anderson, director of community planning and development.
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“What we have in this area is interest from multiple parties looking to do development,” said Alex Bower, project coordinator at Robinson Engineering of Independence, the consultancy firm working on North Crossing.
He said both facilities were needed in the area.
“We were looking for a place to provide child care opportunities for families in the area, the seniors’ activity center that would be paired with the nearby hospital, and then other housing options,” Bower said.
Neighbors on nearby Lakeside, Homer and Niles streets, some of whom mentioned water and drainage issues, asked about the project’s stormwater retention. Bower said much of the North Crossing area would drain into a regional detention pond north of Homer and Niles streets.
“The good news is that this area is already lower than surrounding homes,” Bower said.
Helen Seenster, who lives on Homer Street, asked when construction could start. Anderson said it was slated for this fall or winter.
“I think it’s a great development for our Waterloo side,” Seenster said. “It’s a good opportunity to develop that pitch there.”