After the bittersweet news that they and other daycare facilities would have to move after the school district seized back property at its North Mercer Campus, Country Village Day School (CVDS) may have a home in sight.
CVDS last week worked to finalize a lease agreement at the former site of the John L. Scott offices near City Hall. The old commercial building is a good find, said Sarah Tallon, a member of CVDS' Board of Trustees, but a second location will be needed to house the preschool's younger students, kids up to two years of age.
The new space, the smaller of two buildings at 9423 S.E. 36th St. has a stretch of green that can serve as a play space and parking all around. The daycare was unable to come to an agreement on the larger of the two spaces. But Tallon says architects are already at work, figuring out how to update the building. Changes will include putting in sprinklers, a fire hydrant and building child-size facilities. CVDS signed a lease for 10 years and two consecutive five-year leases, effectively totaling two decades.
Though CVDS has talked with the school district about extending its lease, it is tentatively scheduled for eviction in late August. Tallon says the city is aware of their tight schedule.
“They're going to do everything they can, but they still have to follow the rules,” she explained. “They understand. They've been very responsive.”
At Thursday's school board meeting and special joint council meeting, executive director Linda Tepper, spoke on behalf of CVDS requesting an extension of their North Campus lease. Youth Theatre Northwest had previously offered to relocate first, allowing the school district to begin construction on that plot of land to buy CVDS and Little Acorn more time.
No promises were made, but Tallon was hopeful.
“Families have been super supportive,” she said. “They're very committed and we already have great enrollment for the fall. They're very willing to support us in this uncertain time.”