CROWN POINT | A request to operate a children's day care center in a Crown Point home failed to win a needed zoning recommendation on Monday.
The Board of Zoning Appeals voted 5-0 against Marisol Bosio's petition for a special use to run the business in a residential district.
The board's unfavorable recommendation goes to the City Council for a final decision.
Bosio proposed operating the business at 9836 Polk St., a residence she said she owns but has not yet moved into. A state license to care for up to 12 children, including her own three, at the address has already been issued, Bosio said.
The license permits operating the business from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., though hours would vary depending on parents' needs, Bosio told zoning board members.
Neighbors spoke against the proposal during a public hearing, citing concerns over traffic safety and congestion should parents drop off and pick up children at the location, and over how a business would affect a neighborhood some had lived in for 25 years.
"We're against it," John Cotton said. "It's a business. This is a residential area and we'd like to keep it that way."
Zoning board member Nick Nochevich said it was unclear whether Bosio would be required to have additional staff to care for 12 children, and whether she and her family would occupy the residence if the zoning is denied.
"There are a lot of ifs, maybes and buts," Nochevich said. "There are a lot of gray areas. I feel a little lost right now.
"It's not a clear picture," Nochevich said.
Bosio said she appreciated neighbors' honesty and wouldn't do anything that would bother them. "They've been there before me," she said.