Private pre-school planned for North Huntingdon

September 19, 2018

The operator of a private preschool and daycare facility in Murrysville wants to open a similar site at a proposed North Huntingdon shopping center.

T.J. Kravits, owner of the Goddard School, has plans to operate a second location in a building planned for the Huntingdon Marketplace shopping center along Mills Drive.

Plans were presented to the North Huntingdon Planning Commission by Don Tarosky II, developer and partner in Colony Realty Associates L.P. of North Huntingdon. The planning commission tabled any recommendation on the site plan until its Oct. 1 meeting to allow Tarosky time to provide more information about the project.

The planning commission’s recommendation then would be forwarded to township commissioners for a vote.

The use of the building for the Goddard School is subject to a final lease agreement and Colony Holding Co.’s approval with Kravits, Tarosky said in an email. Colony would construct the building, if approval is given, Tarosky said.

Kravits could not be reached for comment.

With plan approval pending, it is too early to determine when the preschool facility will open, said Kristina Nasuti, a spokeswoman for Goddard Systems Inc. of King of Prussia. Goddard Systems is the parent company of Goddard School Franchise, independent franchisees operating under an agreement with Goddard Systems.

The one-story building would be located on a 3.2-acre section of the proposed shopping center, Tarosky said. The school would be accessible from two roads and will have 31 parking spaces.

The prototype Goddard School building is between 8,500 square feet and 10,000 square feet, and includes a playground area, Nasuti said.

Tarosky said Goddard wants an area set aside for two playgrounds on either side of the building. The sheltered playgrounds would be 30 feet wide with a 12-foot high canopy covering a slide and other amenities. The privacy of the children playing in the playground would be protected by vinyl fencing, Tarosky said.

The typical Goddard School has 25 to 28 full-time faculty members serving between 128 and 148 students, who range in age from 6 weeks to 6 years old, Nasuti said. Each one is a licensed childcare facility, Nasuti said.

Goddard Systems has seven franchises in Western Pennsylvania, including one in Murrysville. The company has 46 schools in Pennsylvania and 480 franchised locations in 36 states, Nasuti said.

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