GARY — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously declined to approve a woman's request for a special-use permit for a home day care center in a historic neighborhood, but Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said the city was willing to help her find another location.

Luxury Bryant was seeking to operate the day care center at her home at 140 W. 46th Ave. Her grandmother, Lovie Davis, said it would only be a small day care facility and indicated young, educated people like her daughter were people the city should want to have businesses in the city.

Richard Brown, president of the Morningside Historical District, said he was neutral on the issue, but that other neighbors believed the streets were too narrow for the facility and did not want to change the residential character of the historic area.

Freeman-Wilson said while the administration was opposed to the facility in that area because of the neighbors' concerns, it did not want to discourage Bryant from opening what Freeman-Wilson said was a needed service.

"I'm sure we can work with her to find a more suitable location," she said.


The council also approved retaining Rinzer Williams as council attorney by a 6-3 vote. Councilwoman Rebecca Wyatt, D-1, who voted no, complained she did not have a copy of his contract, but Council President Ron Brewer, D-at large, said it was unchanged from the prior year. The council at its reorganization meeting Monday voted to retain Brewer as council president for another year, while Linda Barnes-Caldwell, D-5, was selected as vice  president.