Council approves funds to buy land for childcare project

Albion City Council approved the release of $115,000 in sales tax funds to the Albion Economic Development Corp. (AEDC) during its meeting Tuesday night, May 8.
The funds will be used toward the purchase of land for a future community childcare center on the east side of south Sixth Street, south of Fairview Street.
Jeff Jarecki, chairman of AEDC, explained that additional childcare has been identified as an economic development need in Albion and Boone County, in order to attract more young families.
The property proposed for purchase contains about 4.99 acres and is currently owned by Wayne and Pat Boilesen.
“We feel this is a good location with adequate space to allow for a building and sufficient green space,” said Jarecki. He noted that an architect has been retained, and acquiring the land will allow the Childcare Committee to begin the fundraising process.
The property is near the park, hospital and elderly care facilities.
This lot would also allow for future expansion of the facility if necessary, said Michelle Olson, Boone County Development Agency (BCDA) executive director.
Boone County Foundation Fund initiated discussions of a possible community childcare facility. That agency formed the Childcare Committee and has been working with development groups, schools and employers to determine possible solutions.

Read the complete story in the May 16 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.