One of Philadelphia’s oldest continues day care centers under the same ownership is primed to expand.
The Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday approved Miss Marty's Day Care to enlarge its presence at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown campus.
Located just outside Mt. Airy at 6001 Germantown Ave., Miss Marty’s Day Care has served the Germantown-Mt. Airy area for 45 years. Its proprietor, Martha McAllister, 75, is set to move out of the church's basement and onto the second floor, as the facility expands.
William Ewing, an attorney and trustee from the church, outlined the plan downtown. Because the property isn't zoned for a daycare, any update needs clearance from the ZBA.
The plans call for an extension of the daycare to the second floor and the erection of four "singlefaced freestanding signs" on church's lot.
"This is really just a minor expansion of the existing daycare. On the second floor, the space now gives the daycare three large windows" looking out on the church grounds," Ewing said.
Miss Marty's Day Care earned the support from the G'Town Restoration Community Development Corporation and Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
The Sunday school from the church will also use the facility. The ZBA approved the decision 3-0.