As the homeless shelter for 200 single men moves ahead at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, a day care center planned for 79-40 Cooper Ave. could be pulling out.
“Right now, we’re actively considering whether we want to pull out of the site altogether,” said Ted Hockenberry, CEO of Children of America, the would-be operator of the center.
A decision on the future of the site will be made by the company within the next 10 days, he told the Chronicle Monday.
Hockenberry, located in Florida, said he might visit the location himself or send someone from the company to check it out.
Jim Perretty, chairman of the board for the company, has already been there.
“It’s a great area. I’m actually surprised that they’re considering putting that type of facility in on that main road,” he said, referring to the homeless shelter.
The day care center, a 15-classroom facility, would hold approximately 167 children, consisting of two infant groups, two toddler groups, seven preschool groups, a pre-K group and one school-age group.
“The demographics do support having early child care solutions in the area and we think it would be a complement to the families that are in that area but we don’t want to be not successful and have families fearing going to the school, picking up, dropping off because of the proximity,” Hockenberry said.
The proposed shelter, at the site of a shuttered factory, has been on-again and off-again for years.
Opposed by many in the community, it would be the first in Community District 5. The developer of the day care center was requesting a special permit from the Board of Standards and Appeals to build the center and went to Borough Hall after Community Board 5 voted 39-0 in favor of the move in April.
Last August the Department of Homeless Services announced the planned shelter was on again.
“That’s really prompting us as we’re coming down to the 11th hour,” Hockenberry said.