SILVER LAKE — A Silver Lake church would be turned into one of the neighborhood’s largest – and most colorful – preschools if the project wins city approval.
The owners of P.L.A.Y. Silver Lake Preschool on Hyperion Avenue are planning to move their school into the Hallelujah Prayer Center at 2828 Glendale Boulevard. The front of the 1970s church now features a giant mural of a Jesus-like figure and a flock of sheep, with the pastoral painting wrapping around the facade of the church and retaining walls. But under the plans for the new school by architect Carolina Tazedjian Reistetter, part of the exterior would be covered with a grid of alphabet-block colors.
P.L.A.Y. Silver Lake is requesting a city permit that would change the use of the building to allow for day care, according to the Planning Department.
Gabriel Ross, School Director of P.L.A.Y. Silver Lake, said his school had been looking for a new home for several years when the church property came up for sale last year. The property, which covers nearly an acre, would give the school more room for classrooms, playgrounds and parking. It’s also near Ivanhoe Elementary, one of three three schools P.L.A.Y. Silver Lake currently feeds into, he said.
“We jumped at the chance to get it,” Ross said in an email.
The approximately 8,000-square-foot school would be among the largest preschool in Silver Lake, where there is a shortage of space of Pre-K space in neighborhood schools, Ross said.
“I do know that two of the three elementary schools we feed into no longer accept children for transitional kindergarten because they have no room,” he said.
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