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Council approves expansion of Fourth Street daycare

The Hudson Community Daycare Center, currently located in a former church building at 816 Fourth St., will undergo a major expansion under a plan approved last week by the City Council.

The daycare is preparing to build an addition to the residence next door at 824 Fourth St. and move into the renovated facility. When the new facility is completed, the existing daycare will be demolished and the space it occupied will be used for a play area.

The existing rambler-style house on the corner of Fourth and Orange streets was once the residence of the St. Croix County sheriff. It is located kitty-corner to the Hudson Municipal Building, formerly a St. Croix County courthouse and office building.

In recent years, nuns serving the St. Patrick Catholic Parish have resided in the house. Catholic Charities reportedly is purchasing the house from the parish.

Elliot Anderson of Elliot Architects, Hudson, presented the project plans to the City Council.

The plans show a two-story addition to the house that will provide another 2,752 square feet of floor space. The existing house, basement and attached garage have 3,104 square feet of floor area. The new facility will have a total of 5,856 square feet of floor area.

Anderson said the daycare will have five classrooms and an elevator. The main entrance to the building will be from the east side, facing the 18- to 22-vehicle parking lot that serves the SOS Players' Fourth Street Playhouse.

Hudson Community Daycare has reached an agreement with the teen theater group that will allow daycare parents and staff to use the parking lot, Anderson reported.

He said a "fair" number of the daycare children live in the neighborhood and walk to and from it with a parent.

The City Council approved final development plans for the daycare on a unanimous voice vote. Two members - Carah Koch and Dennis O'Connell - were absent.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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