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Local child care center fears losing building due to plans for a new probation building

A construction contract is expected to be presented to the county in about nine months
Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 21:26:44-05

As San Luis Obispo County plans for the possibility of a new probation building, the Child Development Resource Center is concerned it'll mean they have to relocate.

The child care center has been in business for over 40 years and has been at their current location -- near the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Bishop Street-- for nearly 21 years.

“We were asking can you build around us? Is there any way we can work together as a team to continue providing the services that we’ve been providing," said Michelle Holm, the center's CEO.

The center serves at-risk children while offering therapeutic services, family advocacy, and child developmental services.

The facility currently leases the land from the county and says its lease is up in May. After May, the center will be on a month to month basis.

Holm says she worries about finding another location.

“When you start looking at whether or not it’s actually feasible to find a new location in this tight real estate market for a large preschool of our size – that’s tough,” added Holm.

The county, however, says they believe there is sill plenty of time before there is a construction contract signed or a decision made.

“Generally speaking, we’d like to see some alternatives on that site if possible to keep CDRC there” said John Diodati, the Interim Public Director for SLO Public Works.

They also say part of the need to move the probation building has to do with the structure of their current building.

“They are in a 1940’s building that was originally constructed as a tuberculosis ward, so its not very conducive to probations needs,” added Diodati.