A drop-in child-enrichment program that has operated for nearly five years on the city’s southeast side is getting a $50,000 loan from the city to expand its offerings and move downtown.
The move was planned a year ago and received city approval in April. It is taking advantage of a rarely used city revolving loan program funded in 2012 by $250,000 in seed money from the sale of the Bruce Street Industrial Park.
Economic development manager Dayna Sarver, who sat with Seventeenth Radish owner Alison Plumer at the meeting, told the Press after she was hired last summer one of her goals was to promote city programs such as the revolving loan.
The business is designed to provide a “social peer-to-peer interactive experience” for preschool children, Plumer explained, with flexibility to allow parents to drop off and pick up kids as needed for short periods of time. Ald. Chad Kemp (Dist. 1) told the council he was “impressed thoroughly” by the curriculum, which he called “completely different” from normal day cares.
Plumer said the money is being used to do interior and mechanical renovations and put up signage at the brown, two-story 201 E. Verona Ave. building, which years ago housed Natural Health Works but has been mostly vacant since. She said her lease at Vincenzo Plaza on Kimball Lane is ending this spring.
“It’s been unoccupied or partially occupied for some time,” Plumer said of the downtown building. “We’re looking to create a new home base and flagship facility for what we do.”
Plumer told the council she is leasing the building with an option to buy.
“We hope to exercise that once we’ve established ourselves in the building,” she said.