U-Gro plans childcare center on Masonic Village retirement campus
Childcare chain U-Gro Learning Centres Inc. hopes to build a new facility at the entrance of the Masonic Village retirement campus in Elizabethtown.
U-Gro plans to invest more than $3 million in the facility, which the company expects to open in spring 2019, pending municipal approval.
Masonic has offered childcare on its Elizabethtown campus since 1989. Its current center, built in 2001, serves campus staff and the surrounding communities and offers volunteer opportunities for Masonic Village residents. It is owned by Masonic Village and managed by Massachusetts-based Bright Horizons Family Solutions.
The new U-Gro center will, if approved, replace the Bright Horizons facility.
"We have been providing daycare for our staff and the community for 26 years, and our partnership with Bright Horizons has been a very successful one," Masonic Village executive director Cindy Phillips said in a news release last week. "While we remain committed to providing a convenient day care option for our staff and intergenerational activities for our residents, we believe a more convenient location for that is at the entrance to our campus."
Masonic Village is involved in the day-to-day operations of the Bright Horizons facility. U-Gro would handle all of those duties at the new center.
The U-Gro facility would have room for up to 148 children, employ about 30 people and offer programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The building will feature a 13,500-square-foot outdoor playground, an indoor gym with 2,000 square feet of play space and 10 classrooms.
Dauphin County-based U-Gro currently runs 13 child care centers throughout the midstate. It announced a planned $6 million expansion of its Derry Township center in September and recently opened its fifth Lancaster County location.