Youngsters Empire leisure centre proposed for Kalamazoo County plaza

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — Mazes, slides, rides, inventive developing video games, climbing, bouncing and ball pits.

All this and additional could quickly be coming to Oshtemo Township as California-dependent Youngsters Empire has strategies to change the previous Pier 1 Imports developing, at 5130 W. Principal Street in the Maple Hill Pavilion center into a two-story, 10,804 square-foot indoor playground.

Founded by CEO Haim Elbaz in 2017, the company at the moment operates 35 children’s enjoyment centers in eight states, with plans for another 6 indoor playgrounds to open by year’s close, including in two new states.

If permitted, the Oshtemo Township locale would be the very first Kids Empire in the condition of Michigan.

Children Empire, on behalf of house operator, DFG Maple Hill LLC, a short while ago requested a distinctive exception use allow with Oshtemo Township, which would allow for the business to create an indoor leisure facility in the presently vacant residence, which sits among PetSmart and DSW in the Maple Hill Pavilion center.

The commercial center is found straight away northwest of the West Principal Avenue/Drake Highway intersection.

According to a letter from Alton Klein, Children Empire’s director of layout and entitlement, addressed to the Oshtemo Township arranging office, the facility would serve as an indoor playground particularly for youngsters 12 and under to love actions with mates and family.

The proposed facility contains a massive, two-story playground and a lesser playground for toddlers and infants. The facility does not take or let fall-offs and all kids should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, Klein wrote.

“We are not a day care and we do not put together or cook dinner any food stuff on the premises,” Klein explained in the letter.

Children Empire would promote pre-packaged meals like chips, sweet and cookies, as properly as bottled beverages these types of as water, juice, and soda. The corporation would also partner with a neighborhood pizzeria and caterer or baker to supply pizza and cakes as an “on demand” choice for reserved birthday events only, Klein wrote.

The business enterprise would be open up from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday as a result of Thursday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Sunday, according to the proposal.

Klein was not able to be achieved for remark prior to deadline.

The Oshtemo Township Planning Commission will consider the zoning modify at its routinely scheduled, Thursday, April 28 conference.

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