Westside chiropractic firm moving to former daycare building in Holland Park
A 29-year-old Holland Park daycare center will transform into the Centennial Medical Office this year.
The KinderCare at 3925 Centennial Blvd., which had closed about a year ago, has been purchased by Sanders Chiropractic & Massage Therapy, 2812 W. Colorado Ave. After remodeling inside and out during the coming months, the 4,600-square-foot facility is to open June 1, according to owner Mary Sanders.
Her business will take up about two-thirds of the space, and she is looking for a “like-minded business” to rent the other third, she said.
The change in use followed City Planning Commission's approval in December of a request to change the zone to office residential. The commission agreed with a City Planning finding that the medical office“is compatible with the surrounding multi-family land uses and can be considered less intense in some regards than the day care use.”
Planning Commission also granted a parking variance, allowing 20 spaces where 23 would normally be required
There was no opposition from the neighborhood. Longtime Holland Park resident and leader Roy Ayala termed the change as just “one of those transitions to something else.”
“It's always tough (to close a center),” said Noel Nelson, the district manager for KinderCare, a nationwide early-education provider with several other sites in town. He added that the Centennial and Vondelpark building “has been multi-generational. We had parents who remembered being taken there as children.”
On the other hand, the corporation, which had been leasing the location, has a policy of being in newer neighborhoods (which typically have more young children). Another factor in the decision, Nelson said, is that two other KinderCares are within two miles of Holland Park - one at Uintah Street and Mesa Road and another on Flying W Ranch Road.
As for the look of the former Holland Park KinderCare, if it has a vaguely Dutch appearance, this was just a coincidence, not the result of an effort to match a Holland Park neighborhood “theme.” Nelson explained that when the company constructed the building 29 years ago, the architectural style was just one of those that KinderCare was using at the time around the country.
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