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The town of Cedarburg approved plans for a daycare center that will serve up to 45 children.

The plan commission unanimously approved the proposal from Laura Mortag to operate a new daycare center at the location previously home to a BMO Harris Bank on Highway 60. The center will fill a need in the area, as the closest early childcare centers are located in the city of Cedarburg or in Grafton.

Mortag sought approval from the commission because previous zoning laws in the town only allowed for "state-licensed family child care centers up to eight children," according to the town code. In order to accommodate Mortag, the town will have to amend the zoning laws that will allow for more children at a daycare center in a business district.

The proposed daycare center is located across Washington Avenue from the Five Corners Business District, where plans for commercial condos, retail space, self-storage units, and a sports complex are being considered. The plan commission approved the permit for the storage units at the same meeting April 19.

Mortag, who previously worked as an administrator for the Living Word Child Development Center, could not be reached for comment.

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