Plans to build a Spanish-immersion childcare center in northwest Rochester are rolling along.

Minneapolis-based Tierra Encantada working with developer Venstar, LLC filed the first plans for a 10,000-square-foot day care center in January with the intention to break ground in the spring.

That looks to still be on schedule as a “structural shell” permit for Creekside Tierra Rochester Daycare was filed on Thursday. The estimated value of the project on the permit is $3.6 million.

It will be built on the southwest corner of the intersection of West Circle Drive and 19th Street Northwest. It will be part of Venstar’s Creekside development on open land, across 19th Street from the Zen Fusion Hibachi & Lounge.

This will be the first structure to go up on Venstar’s grass-covered land that makes up the Creekside project.

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While the quickly growing Tierra is gearing up for a national expansion, this will be its first Minnesota location outside of the Twin Cities.

The new center will offer bilingual immersion, diversity education and organic meals cooked on-site by a chef for children age 6 and younger. The hope is to open in the fall of 2021 with a capacity for about 150 children ranging from infants, to toddlers and pre-K. It will be staffed by a team of about 30 full-time employees, including a full-time chef.

In January, Tierra Encantada CEO Kristen Denzer said, “I’ve been interested in Rochester for some time.” She cited Rochester’s educated population, with parents who “value world views” as a good market.

Biz buzz

People have a lot of stuff in the Med City and storing that stuff is a growing industry.

The latest sign of this is the sale of a plot of open land in southeast Rochester, near the Shoppes on Maine area.

The local buyer already has other Med City storage centers, so it is not a big leap to speculate that might be the plan for this land.

We’ll see what’s in store as time goes on.