A daycare center planned for the same site as Wellington Charter School has gotten a thumbs up from a village advisory board.
And a push to open both the daycare center and school soon, on 8 acres along State Road 7 about a mile south of Forest Hill Boulevard on State Road 7, prompted the property owner to agree to initially foot the bill for a nearby traffic light on the highway.
Several groups are supposed to pay about $313,000 toward the $400,000 mast-arm signal because all of their properties will benefit from it.
But representatives for the school site said it was unclear when the others would be ready to move forward with their projects, and, therefore be obliged to contribute to the cost. So now, the other groups — CyberKnife, Wellington Parc and Palomino Executive Park Property Owners Association — can later reimburse the school site owners for their share even after the light goes up.
Palm Beach County will pay the balance of the roughly $400,000 signal planned at the entrance of Palomino Park, which will take about a year to design, approve and build.
About 600 students initially are expected to attend the school and daycare center, said Bill Reibe, Wellington’s engineer, with 1,200 expected within five years. Doors could open for the 2014 school year.
A couple of members of the village’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board during their approval recommendation early this month questioned why the traffic light couldn’t go right at the school’s entrance. The answer: That location wouldn’t satisfy state traffic requirements for the other nearby properties.
The village council in June is expected to take a final vote on the conditional use approval for the daycare center.
Fort Lauderdale-based Charter Schools USA is handling the school, which covers kindergarten through grade eight, and Bright Horizons is handling the daycare.
The council in November 2012 granted final approvals for the school, which at the time had planned to open this fall.