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Family play center conditional use permit approved in Oak Creek

April 1, 2014

Oak Creek — The Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for Cynthia Zielinski to open a recreational and educational facility, Chasing Tales, in one of the suites at 7265 S. 1st St.

Zielinski, a certified teacher, proposed Chasing Tales as a family play center with an educational focus for kids, "not just a place for kids to run around and act crazy all the time," said Zielinski at the Plan Commission meeting March 25.

The play space would encourage parent-child play time as parents are required to supervise their children at all times. Zielinski hopes to entertain kids up to 10 years old with story time; playground equipment; arts and crafts; and dance and movement.

If approved at the next public meeting April 8, Zielinski would open Chasing Tales this summer.

If Chasing Tales opens in summer, Zielinski would create fall classes focusing on preschool skills, art, music and movement — each about six weeks in length. The space will also be available for holiday parties, special events and birthday parties.

Similar facilities exist in the Milwaukee area but mostly in New Berlin and Waukesha, Zielinski's proposal said. Chasing Tales would be accessible to neighboring communities since it is located off Howell Avenue and is approximately one mile from the proposed Drexel Town Square development, the proposal said.

Chasing Tales would occupy one suite in the 5,000-square-foot building that operates as a warehouse for shared parking stalls. The property, though industrial, was rezoned in January to allow recreational facilities as a conditional use. Chasing Tales would occupy 49 parking spaces of the building's 63 shared parking stalls.

Up to four part-time employees would be hired and security will operate with a parent-child matching wrist band system.

Proposed hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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