The owner of a Macon day care who has been in business more than 30 years said a lot of neighbors and friends support her effort to be open 24 hours.
On Monday, the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved ,Ira Mae Jackson’s conditional-use application to extend the hours of the Jackson Day Care Center at 3764 Log Cabin Drive to offer 24-hour service.
“There are people who have nowhere to leave their kids when they go to work at night, and that’s why I’m here,” Jackson said during the meeting. “I have a petition signed by people saying ‘we really need this.’ ... If I can do something to help a child I’ll do it.”
The day care center, which has been in operation since 1978, is licensed for 50 children from 6:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, according to the commission’s staff report.
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The overnight care would be provided at the center for 15 children, ages 1 to 12 years old, the report states.
The day care intends to provide a “24-hour extended full 7-day child care facility,” according to the applicant’s statement.
The day care is in a residential district and is surrounded by homes, but Jackson said the neighbors didn’t mind the lighting at the facility.
“My neighbors like the lighting because they don’t have to run their lights at night,” she said. “It helps them.”
No one spoke up at the meeting in opposition to the permit. Jackson said after the meeting that she hoped to begin offering the 24-hour service in about a month.
Other items on the agenda were:
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM APRIL 12 MEETING:
147 Alpine Drive: In violation of Section 27.05 and Section 4.07  (a) (ii) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (accessory building erected without a Zoning Compliance, accessory building in violation of setback requirements and distance requirements), MHR District. Ernest Barlow. Deferred.
1306-1308 Third St.: In violation of Section 27.05 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (operating an auto repair business without a Zoning Compliance), C-2 District. Prestige Auto Group. Deferred.
6161 Hawkinsville Road: Conditional use to allow retail sales of used appliances with outside display, PDI District. Stephanie Garcia; JMS Appliance & Electronics Recycling Inc., applicant. Approved for six months and limited to three outside appliances, which will be brought in at night.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
968 First St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow roof modifications and fabric canopies, CBD-2 District. Terry Genone, applicant. Approved.
980 Maple St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, HPD-BH District. Josh Rogers; Historic Macon, applicant. Approved.
6249 Rivoli Drive: Variance to allow a flag lot, A-Agricultural District. Roy Fickling Jr., applicant. Approved.
4630 Sheraton Drive: Variance in the number of signs, variance in sign area and variance in sign height requirements to allow freestanding signs, C-2 District. Stacy Godwin; ANS Signs Inc., applicant. Approved, except the variance in sign height was denied.
3620 Greenbriar Road: In violation of Section 27.05 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (timber harvest without a Zoning Compliance), R-1A District. Daisy Richardson. Deferred.
3814 Lindsey Drive: In violation of Section 23.01  (j) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (illegal home occupation-detailing vehicles), R-1A District. Donald Williams. Found in violation; must stop immediately.
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