Daycare Center to Open at the Former SunTrust in Federal Hill

| October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Alpha and Omega Quality Childcare will open in the former SunTrust Bank space at 1037 Light St. in Federal Hill. The 2,340 sq. ft. retail space has been vacant since SunTrust closed in Fall 2014.

Alpha and Omega is owned by LaQuanta Baldwin, who previously had a daycare location in Randallstown for 11 years before closing it in October 2016. Baldwin spent a long time looking for a location before she “stumbled upon the space” in Federal Hill, which she said was in “the perfect area.”

Baldwin likes that Federal Hill is a “family-oriented community,” noting that Light Street reminds her of Mr. Rogers neighborhood. She loves seeing the barbershops and businesses, and loves that Federal Hill Preparatory School is right behind the retail space, the Digital Harbor Tech Center is next door, and the library is a couple blocks up the street.

“I’m from Baltimore, born and raised. I bleed purple,” said Baldwin. “I was fortunate to give back to Baltimore County and can’t wait to give back to Baltimore City.”

Alpha and Omega will have 42 childcare spots and will care for children from infants up to two years old. Baldwin said when children turn three she will recommend them to other childcare centers in the area.

Alpha and Omega will have a staff of about 16.

Construction has already started as the landlord is gutting the space to prepare it for Baldwin to set it up as a daycare center. Alpha and Omega will have bathrooms, a kitchenette, play areas, and a private backyard with a playground. A new mural with a child on a swing has also been added to the southern facade of the building.

Baldwin hopes to open before the spring, but knowing the delays that could take place opening a business, she said she won’t start accepting applications until she is confident in a concrete opening date. She said, however, she has already started networking in the community.

Baldwin said childcare pricing will be market rate, but that she will likely have a pay scale for clients with lower incomes.

To handle the drop off and pickup of children arriving and leaving in cars, Baldwin is working with the Parking Authority of Baltimore City on approval for a loading zone for about three cars in front of the business from 630am to 630pm. The area is already a dedicated truck loading zone.

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