By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Frog Hollow Kid Campus is getting a new pad.
The child care center in North Liberty built its location on Dubuque Street in 2008. Growth in the community has warranted a second location, said owner Alan Arzu.
Arzu came to the Jan. 14 North Liberty City Council meeting to present a preliminary site plan for a new center to be built at the southeast corner of Jones Boulevard and Penn Street.
“We see a need for it and it will be a nice looking building that will bring some jobs and preschool (opportunities) that the city might benefit from,” Arzu told the council.
The proposed two-story, 9,440 square foot facility will have a similar design to that of the Front Street location, and will offer similar services of child care, daycare, preschool and education for infants, toddler, preschool, and school-age children.
After the meeting, Arzu said the second daycare will continue to fill the needs of a growing community.
“We’re really excited to be adding this location,” said Arzu. “We’ve seen some need for our type of program, especially a need for infant care.”
The council was unanimously approved the site plan, with only brief questions about the energy-saving features of the building– which will include daylighting and energy efficient insulation, heating and cooling systems– and very positive comments.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Frog Hollow,” said councilor Gerry Kuhl. “It’s a pleasure to have you in the community.”
“The addition of another daycare just shows how much North Liberty is growing. This is a family-oriented community. We definitely have the population of young children, so thank you for helping our parents out,” Chipman told Arzu.
Arzu said as a North Liberty native, he is especially happy to operate his business here.
“I like to think we are one of the best daycares in the area,” said Arzu. “I grew up in North Liberty, I’m glad to keep growing with the community.”