A new early childhood center building moved forward with a nod from the Pacific Planning and Zoning Commission Oct. 10.

Meramec Valley R-III School District officials, along with the ECC project architect and engineer, presented a development plan to P&Z requesting approval.

The district wants to build a new one-story structure to provide classrooms for the three early childhood programs now housed in the Community School at 413 W. Union and ECC building at 2001 W. Osage.

The location of the new building is on Indian Warpath Drive, across from Zitzman Elementary School, on property donated to the district by the late Doris Hoffman.

Approximately 110 students will attend classes in the new building when it opens in August 2018.

The new early childhood center was the brainchild of the late Randy George, former superintendent, who sought a state-of-the-art center for preschool students.

P&Z voted unanimously to recommend approval of the new structure as designed by architect Matt McDermott, Hoener Associates, and engineer Clifford Heitmann, Bax Engineering.

Plan board members raised questions about access to the site, lighting and landscaping for the new building. The board asked only that if the decision was made to expand the plan to include a second access or add parking spaces.

The development plan will go before the board of aldermen for approval this coming week.