Child Development Center on Monday’s Agenda

The future of the Child Development Center facility on N. Cherry St., for 50 years devoted to programs for developmentally challenged youth and more recently child care services under the auspices of the Easter Seals Foundation, will be on the agenda of the Falls Church City Council at its meeting this Monday night.

At issue is the Falls Church School Board’s request that the property be vacated for use by the school system beginning this July in order to relocate its preschool programs there. The current lease, at $25 a year, on the City-owned property expires in November, but if the City votes not to extend that lease, the Easter Seals would be compelled to vacate it immediately in search of another site in time for the fall semester. F.C. School Superintendent Dr. Lois Berlin said that due to enrollment growth pressures, access to the facility is urgently needed. Easter Seals has offered $50,000 annually for continued use.

Vice Mayor David Snyder said that maximizing the value of the site, as the property of the taxpayers of the City, is a top priority.