Ashland Child Development Center is preparing to show off its new digs Thursday with an open house at the offices at 1538 Central Ave., just two doors down from its original location.
“We’re moving because this new place has 9,000 square feet on one floor and the old building had 6,000 square feet on four floors,” Dr. Diane Zwick, president of the board of trustees of ACDC, said. “We have an indoor recreation room where we can do circle games. ... It’s wonderful.”
The move was complete on Tuesday, and today will be the fifth day the children have occupied the new building.
“The offices have been here for about a year, but we had to put in a sprinkler system, a children’s restroom and a kitchen,” Zwick said, noting the building has passed all its inspections.
The building was built by a clothing store called Corman’s for retail sales; Community Hospice purchased it 18 years ago and, when that organization got a new building, Zwick said it offered ACDC a deal that couldn’t be refused: Hospice would sell the building to ACDC for $400,000, which is what Hospice paid for it.
Zwick said ACDC has spent $100,000 on remodeling, but it was still a great deal.
“We are very fortunate. We have ourselves a first-rate, first-class building,” she said. “It’s a great place to teach kids.”
She said there are still a few items that need to be moved to the new building.
Children from 3 to 13 will be served by the new building; babies up to 3 will remain in the building at 1524 Central Ave., the old Merrill Lynch Building. Zwick said separating the younger children protects them from some contagious childhood diseases.
The open house on Thursday will be a Business After Hours event.
“We’re really looking forward to folks that normally hire other folks seeing what we have to offer the kids and, hopefully, referring them to us,” Zwick said.
LEE WARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2661.