225-child daycare facility proposed for West Shore's Bear Mountain and South Skirt Mountain communities
Published November 2, 2020
A 19,000 square foot daycare facility for 225 children has been proposed along the southern stretch of Bear Mountain Parkway in the City of Langford.
According to plans submitted to the municipality, the project is planned for 2200 Bear Mountain Parkway opposite Marble Place, approximately a kilometre and-a-half from the Leigh Road Trans Canada Highway interchange amid developments on South Skirt Mountain.
Rising to two-storeys, the complex will include multiple classroom environments with 9,568 square feet on the ground level and an additional 9,401 on the second. A nearly 22,000 square foot outdoor play area will front the Bear Mountain Parkway thoroughfare. Proponent Seacliff Properties is seeking approvals from the City to permit a parking allocation of 54 stalls, which requires a variance.
The future operator, unnamed in planning documents, has intimated that while 225 spaces are being sought, the envisioned operation will accommodate 198 children, while an additional 27 spaces would be available should demand for childcare spaces outstrip supply.
If approved and constructed, the daycare would stand as one of the largest, if not the largest, private daycares on southern Vancouver Island and would follow a 100-child early learning centre recently opened near Langford's town centre.
Vancouver-based Core Education & Fine Arts, or CEFA for short, was established in 1998 as Canada’s first private school for the early years. The company operates 17 locations throughout Metro Vancouver, Toronto and Kelowna. CEFA’s Langford location is its first on Vancouver Island. C
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