Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Board Oks Day Care's Proposal 3-1 Vote Lets Center Move into City-Owned Building

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Board Oks Day Care's Proposal 3-1 Vote Lets Center Move into City-Owned Building

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The Country Club Hills Board of Aldermen has agreed to allow a day-care center in a city-owned building but not without some arguing among board members.

With a 3-1 vote, the board approved a lease/purchase agreement for Pandora Macklin to operate Lots of Love Day Care Center at 7436 West Florissant Avenue.

The building, purchased for a new city hall and police headquarters, has been vacant for four years, and Cindy Peitz, city clerk, suggested to Mayor Felton Flagg that Macklin be allowed to operate her day-care business there. When Flagg presented the idea to the board, not everybody was enthusiastic about it. Alderman Joe Wombacher, 1st Ward, who voted against the lease, said he didn't vote for the day-care center at the West Florissant location because "I didn't think it was right for the people." Macklin will pay $1,500 a month and put up a $4,500 security deposit. The lease provides Macklin with an option to buy the building after two years for $125,000, with 25 percent of the rent paid in the two years going toward the purchase price. Alderman Elaine Colbert, 2nd Ward, said, "But after the two years is up, if she decides not to buy the building or if her loan doesn't go through, we're still only charging her $1,500 a month. I think we have to look out for our residents a little better than that." Colbert said, "You don't know what's going to happen in two years when she goes for financing. If she can't get financing after the second year, $1,500 is unacceptable." Macklin's husband, William, told the board, "We're putting $100,000 into rehabbing that building. It is in very bad condition." Colbert and Wombacher remained steadfast in their opinion as the discussion continued for 25 minutes. But when a vote was taken, only Wo mbacher said no. Colbert said, "We need a clause in that lease/purchase agreement that says we will renegotiate the contract after the two-year period if she decides not to buy it or is unable to get financing. …

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