EHDA looks to future of former day care site

Published 8:58am Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency is moving ahead with plans for the two units that housed the former Community Day Care center.
EHDA Director Kelly Geagley said Friday is the deadline for the day care employees to completely vacate the units – one in South Hills Estates, the other in Walnut/Hemlock Manor in the Blackbottom community – and turn in the keys.
After the units are cleared, the EHDA will begin cleaning and making repairs to the units so they can be used again.
In the meantime, the units will be resubmitted to the Department of Housing and Development to be returned to the rent rolls.
Geagley said after HUD approval is given, the EHDA will accept proposals from agencies that offer services that benefit the community and would like to located in the South Hills estates unit.
After proposals are received, they will be reviewed and one will be accepted for the unit.
The unit in Walnut/Hemlock Manor will be converted to a substation for the Elizabethton Police Department. The substation is now located in 920B Pine Ridge Circle.
“I think that will be a good fit for the community,” Geagley said. “There are no services located in Walnut/Hemlock Manor right now.”
The day care closed January 2013 after battling declining revenue and enrollment for years.

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