The City Council has approved a brand-new childcare center and Starbucks near the 10 Freeway and Ford Street, with some reservations.Harcourts and Freeman, a Redlands-based property company, prepares to construct a 5,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building, which would include a Starbucks with a drive-through. They are likewise preparing for a 9,900-square-foot
childcare center with a 13,500-square-food outside play location that would be operated by The Learning Experience, which supplies childcare and early education programs.”As a designer, especially from a financial perspective we’ve done whatever we can to make this site work for us and the city,”Brad Freeman, owner of Harcourts and Freeman, informed the City board prior to it’s approval of the project Tuesday, Dec. 19. Freeman said he approached The Learning Experience about opening in Redlands after determining a need for non-religious childcare services.The childcare center will be south of the L.A. Physical fitness, at 1035-1045 Parkford Ave., to the east of the Ford Park tennis courts.The retail center will be to the east
of the child care center.Mayor Pro Tem Paul Barich said he was worried about the additional traffic the project may give the location.
Councilman Eddie Tejeda agreed.Mayor Paul Foster commended the developer for their work on the website, which he said is a challenging one to develop.”I think you’re bringing a good job to the neighborhood,”he stated.”Yes, the traffic will be a problem. Yes, we’ll have to find services to deal with that, however I don’t believe that’s a factor not to continue with a quality development.”Councilwoman Toni Momberger said she was distraught over the decision to open Starbucks instead of an in your area owned organisation.”I think that it might increase in sales tax tenfold what we might be getting as a city from this service, “she stated.”
Moving forward, I would hope that would be something that we would prompt the candidates and developers to think about. I understand that I’m coming into this pretty late while doing so to be raising a grievance, but I would like to voice that for the record. “Councilman Jon Harrison agreed that the city needs to be promoting regional businesses and asked staff if they might bring a proposed policy back to the council promoting local services to developers.Freeman, nevertheless, pointed out that there’s an extra 3,000-square-feet of retail space still offered for lease.” That 3,000-square-feet left, if any person in the city has any concepts about how we might wish to incorporate some nostalgia we want to,” Freeman stated.