WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) -- An eviction dispute between a child care center in Warwick and the building owner has been moved from District Court to Superior Court.
The owner of Liddle Tots II Teen emailed parents Monday night to inform them the facility was ordered to evacuate Saturday with less than 24 hours notice.
City records indicate PRW Holdings filed an application with the city of Warwick for a special use permit and wants to turn a portion of the building, located at 1160 Post Road, into a three-story storage facility. The Planning Board denied the request last year. The building owner, Cenico LLC, appealed the decision to the Zoning Board, which has agreed to hear the case. A date for the hearing has not been set.
Nicole Babbidge has two children who go to Liddle Tots after school.
"As a parent now I have to leave work early in order to pick them up from school," Babbidge told NBC 10 News.
The owner of Liddle Tots, William Liddle, told parents in an email on Saturday that the center would not be open Monday "due to unforeseen circumstances." In an email sent Monday night, Liddle wrote to parents that he was in court this week trying to rectify the situation and asked them to make an alternative plan for their children's care for the rest of the week. Liddle said 132 children attend the day care center.
Babbidge said it's not only inconvenient but it's also sad to see the center closed.
"Everyone is so nice and heartwarming and they're just like a second family to us and all the teachers and the staff take care of my kids perfectly," Babbidge said.
The law firm representing the building owner, Moses Afonso Ryan LTD, declined to comment.
The proceedings are set to begin in Superior Court on Wednesday.
Liddle said, "Proceedings have moved from District Court to Superior Court. We are working as fast and diligently to come up with a plan A, plan B and a plan C."