Perkins Road day care plan gets support
LONDONDERRY — Despite a neighbor’s concerns about increased traffic, the Zoning Board granted its blessings Wednesday evening to a local couple hoping to open a small day care center in their home later this year.
Aria and Jonathan Emery, of 49 Perkins Road, appeared before the Zoning Board on Wednesday evening in hopes of obtaining a special exception allowing them to open a family day care center in their newly purchased home, which is located within a residential district.
A neighbor said he feared an increase in traffic, especially during peak hours when children are dropped off and picked up.
“As we all know, Perkins Road has many traffic problems as it is,” abutter Michael Thompson said in a letter written to the board. “This could pose a safety issue.”
Thompson wasn’t present at Wednesday’s public hearing, and no one in the audience offered additional comment.
“It is a busy street, but I don’t think one or two more cars will make a difference,” board member Neil Dunn said.
Aria Emery, who currently lives in Manchester, recently purchased the Londonderry property with her husband and said she hopes to relocate her small, off-site day care to her new home. The day care would operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
The couple has two children of their own, ages 2 and 5.
Emery said she watches four children who are siblings from two different families and has no immediate plans to take on additional clients.
“The most I’d ever consider would be six but right now I’m comfortable with four,” she said, noting that the driveway can fit several vehicles.
There are no plans to add on to the building or hang up a sign, through a small play area with a swing set would be fenced in.
Under the town ordinance, an in-home family day care allows residents to look after up to eight children at any given time. That includes any resident children under age six.
The board unanimously granted its approval.
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