The Planning Commission has approved a new daycare center in the city, and it was expected to approve another in March.
The two new businesses now add to the variety of daycare centers open in San Bruno, and they represent several new developments that the city's commissions have moved forward with during February and March.
In February, planning commissioners unanimously gave the OK for a use permit to a resident who is operating a daycare facility in a two-bedroom apartment at Archstone San Bruno in The Crossing. With the approval, the resident will be able to use the apartment to look after up to 14 kids.
Planning commissioners also received another application for a use permit to open a daycare center in a home on Acacia Avenue. The resident wants to expand the daycare business in the home, and several neighbors and city staff supported the proposal.
One resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, opposed the application because the homeowners also operate a plumbing business out of the home. The resident said that expanding the daycare business could potentially cause traffic buildups on the narrow street.
"What if we all wanted to run our private businesses from our own little homes?!?," the resident said. "I believe it should be adequately set up in a more commercial area, thereby eliminating a drop-off/pick up situation on a narrow residential street."
Crosswalk issues near rec center
Also in February, the Parks and Recreation Committee discussed adding some changes to the crosswalk in front of the rec center.
Commissioner Lucy Zamattia said the area has become unsafe because cars can park in the parking space in front of the Veterans Memorial Building and cause a blind spot for children walking through. She suggested that the city look into installing warning lights along the crosswalk to alert drivers when people are walking through it. But city staff that addition would cost $25,000—too expensive for the city's budget at the moment.
The city's Public Services Department and Traffic Safety and Parking Committee are now expected to further examine the issue.
Earl and Glenview Park
The Parks and Recreation Commission also reported that City Manager Connie Jackson had been in talks with PG&E to purchase some of the lots next to the former Earl and Glenview Park that have been left vacant since the 2010 pipeline explosion in the Crestmoor neighborhood.
Part of the rebuilding project in the neighborhood will include to replace the Earl and Glenview Park, which was destroyed in the fire.
Since a third of the survivors have either sold their homes or decided not to return to the neighborhood, commission Chairman Stephan Marshall said, the city could possibly buy up the lots adjacent to the old park and build a bigger park.