Preschool, Granby sign 10-year lease on historic building
July 21, 2010
Granby Playdays Preschool, located in the former student Panther’s Den building in Granby, gained approval for a 10-year lease at the town-owned building.
Granby town trustees voted in favor of allowing the preschool to remain in the building for $10 per year under a longer-term lease in light of all the in-kind work that has been done to improve the appearance of the small building and to benefit early childhood education.
“I can’t see a downside,” said Town Trustee Greg Guthridge about extending the one-year lease to 10 years.
Playdays Preschool board member Patrick Brower said the school’s efforts to seek grant money would be more successful in showing that the new nonprofit and the town were working “in collaboration.”
After the town’s approval, the new longer-term lease became a factor in a recent award of an $8,000 Sprout Foundation grant through the Grand Foundation for new windows and a paved parking-area at the school.
Brower said the preschool board also has the goal of using future in-kind help and donations to replace the roof of the building and construct a cupola to house an authentic school bell, donated to the preschool by the Troccoli family of Hot Sulphur Springs.
From 1948 to 1969, the Granby Playdays Preschool Building served as the local medical clinic where Dr. Ogden saw patients.