A Franklin daycare that closed last month due to a water leak and mold will re-open Tuesday.

Last month, Discovery Center, a daycare run by Johnson Memorial Health, closed after concerns about mold due to a water pipe leaking underneath the bathroom floor. The daycare’s 65 kids were sent home Aug. 16, and testing later confirmed that mold had been found underneath the floor.

Now, with repairs to the bathroom and kitchen complete, the daycare at 752 International Drive is set to re-open Tuesday.

The Indiana Department of Family and Social Services inspected the daycare Thursday and have cleared it to re-open Tuesday, hospital spokesperson Jeff Dutton said.

In a letter sent home to parents, daycare director Michelle Coner said significant reconstruction and renovations had been made to the daycare’s bathroom and kitchen. Mold and air quality tests showed the daycare is now safe again, and the results were forwarded to state officials for their review, she said.

The state has received a complaint of a child having breathing issues, which the report said was due to the mold, and is investigating it, Indiana Department of Family and Social Services spokesperson Marin Lemons said.

Parents had received some financial compensation for the time the daycare was closed.

The building is owned by Johnson County REMC, which was responsible for making the repairs. Discovery Center had moved to the site earlier this summer, after being displaced by Johnson Memorial Health’s ongoing remodel and expansion. The previous tenant, Kid City, moved out about a year ago.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.