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Construction project closes downtown daycare center

The planned construction of the Ladd Tower condominiums has prompted the closure of the Children's Learning Center, a day-care program in a building at 1315 S.W. Broadway that will be demolished to make way for the project.

The building is adjacent to the First Christian Church, which has been operating the program. Although no date has yet been set for the demolition of the building, program director Holly Carol said they decided to close on June 30 because all of the children have been placed in other centers.

'We wanted to make sure the children were taken care of and when that happened, this seemed like an appropriate time to close,' she said.

Construction on the 21-story tower is not scheduled to begin until the end of the year. The Downtown Neighborhood Association, the official neighborhood association representing downtown, has voted to oppose the project because they believe it is too large to border the North Park Blocks, which it will face.

Parent Erin Floyd said the closure caught her and other parents by surprise and forced them to scramble to find other daycare for their children.

'My husband and I - as well as many other parents - were devastated by this,' said Erin, the mother of an 11-month old. 'During my pregnancy, the most stressful part for me was figuring out what to do with our precious new baby when faced with the inevitable: returning to the workforce. So, having to do it all over again with such notice, has definitely been a stressful point for us.'

Carol said there are no plans to reopen the center when the construction is finished in two years.