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Neighbors irate over Tutor Time nursery
By Doug Snover

November 19, 2005

Even the sound of children playing can be annoying when there are 200 of the little darlings practically in your backyard.

That’s the concern of Chandler residents who petitioned the City Council to block a proposed Tutor Time day care center at the southeast corner of Ray and McClintock roads.

“I realize Tutor Time is a big corporation, but I question their placement of this facility in my neighborhood.

“I do not want another Daycare/Learning facility in my area…and especially not in my backyard,” Mary Howard Harris wrote in a letter to city planners protesting the 23,032-square foot day care center with adjacent 23,332-square foot playground that Tutor Time plans to build close to her Golden Keys East home.

“I’m sure the Tutor Time staff, architects, developers, and owners do not have one within 100 feet of their homes,” she added.

Howard Harris submitted petitions with 90 signatures from Golden Keys East residents who oppose the planned four-acre day care project.

“Golden Keys East does not have many children at all – it was marketed to young professionals and empty-nesters,” she wrote in her letter to city planners.

There is an “over-saturation” of day care centers in her area, Howard Harris wrote, citing eight such centers within a two-mile radius.

“Does any other neighborhood in Chandler have this many daycare / learning centers within close proximity of each other within a 2-mile radius?” she asked in her letter.

“We already hear the children playing from the Tree of Knowledge Learning Center throughout the day, although the amount of noise they make will be nothing compared to the potential 200-500 children that will be at the proposed Tutor Time facility,” she wrote.

The Chandler Planning Commission agreed. It voted 4-0 earlier this month to recommend the City Council deny Tutor Time’s plan.

City Council members were scheduled to hear the Tutor Time case on Thursday, Nov. 17.











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