Preschool Hopes to Move to Former Taystee Bakery Spot

Rayito de Sol preschool and daycare is currently housed at Richfield High School.

Rayito de Sol hopes to move to former Taystee Bakery Outlet building.
Rayito de Sol hopes to move to former Taystee Bakery Outlet building.
The former Taystee Bakery Outlet building at 6949 Nicollet Ave. S. may have a new tenant soon as a local preschool hopes for site plan approval from the Richfield City Council Tuesday night.

Rayito de Sol, a Spanish-immersion preschool and daycare, needs to move from its spot at Richfield High School to a new, more visible space in the community, according to the council agenda. Rayito de Sol's site plans call for significant changes to the former retail spot to make it suitable for a daycare.

The Richfield Planning Commission heard the proposal at its Dec. 9, 2013 meeting. According to the Sun Current, Mark Modjean, who owns the dental office across East 70th Street, voiced his concerns about the play area planned for the site:

“Over the years there have been a number of accidents at the corner where cars have careened off of each other and wound up on my property, and certainly on the property of that Taystee Bakery store there,” Modjean told the Sun Current in the phone interview.

The preschool's executive director, Luisa Fuentes, said the play area would be on the side of the building, not in front and facing Nicollet Avenue, the newspaper reported.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend the proposal with no additional stipulations that night.

The city council hold a public hearing on the proposal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. Following the public hearing, the council will vote on the plans, and will likely approve them.

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