Shelbyville Central Schools officials have the nod to proceed with plans to open a preschool in the former Marsh Supermarket building.
Members of the Shelbyville Common Council voted 6-0 to approve rezoning the site from BH-Business Highway to IS-Institutional.
City Councilman Brad Ridgeway (R-4th Ward) was absent from Monday night’s council meeting.
The council’s action follows a positive recommendation on the Marsh rezoning from the city’s Plan Commission last week.
During the City Council’s pre-meeting immediately prior to its regular meeting, Bryant Niehoff, director of the Plan Commission, noted that the planned re-use of the long-vacant Marsh building was welcome news.
“Several people spoke in favor of it, including Mayor (Tom) DeBaun,” Niehoff said.
The school corporation plans to move its administrative offices into the Marsh building along with the new preschool.
SENSES Gym, a privately-operated sensory playroom for children ages 1-6, is due to move into the Marsh facility as well.
An outdoor play area and greenspace are to replace part of the parking lot in front of the Marsh building; existing businesses located at the site are not affected by the rezoning.
Shelbyville Central expects to open the preschool in the fall of 2019.