By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff
Memory Lane Daycare received necessary approvals to move from the space it has outgrown in the Town of Perth to a location in the City of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Planning Commission members Thursday unanimously granted Memory Lane Daycare LLC a special use permit and site plan approval to operate a daycare at 8 Kopernik Blvd., which is within the St. Mary’s Institute campus. The building formerly housed CloverPatch Preschool and other daycare related businesses. A special use permit was required because the facility sat dormant for more than a year.
“I personally have no problem with this in any way, shape or form,” Planning Commission Chairman Paul Gavry said. “They have to go through a pretty rigorous licensing procedure with OCFS (state Office of Children and Family Services) with respect to the physical, layout, exits and all of that.”
Chris DiCaterino, of Memory Lane Daycare, said they are looking to serve 20 to 30 children, with a many kids likely being the younger siblings of students attending St. Mary’s Institute. DiCaterino said they will hire 10 full-time positions within two years to comply with two state grants received.
The Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency two years ago secured a $50,000 grant for Memory Lane Daycare and last year the city secured another $100,000.
Memory Lane Daycare has been licensed for about 7 years and is named after the roadway where it’s currently located. Business owners have operated the daycare out of their home to date and the move will allow them to take on more clients.
The Kopernik Boulevard facility will require some “light cosmetic work” before opening, Memory Lane said in documents filed with the city Planning Department. The location was picked for its safe and secluded setting while being in a well trafficked area. Hours of operation will reportedly coincide with the adjacent school, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The DiCaterinos could not be reached for additional comments before going to press.
In other news, the city planning commission Thursday also granted Idaliz Torres Moya a special use permit and site plan approval to operate a daycare at 16 Wilbur St. There were no concerns raised by commission members on the application.
Torres Moya has received a license from the state to operate a daycare at the residential property serving six children from 6 weeks to 12 years old, along with two additional “school age” children, according to documentation filed with the city. Her hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.