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Just a few comments to answer some questions...
-Out of 18,000 residents, how many really use the center?
Over 33,000 visits to the Mackle Park community center occurred last year. That was only for activities were attendance is measured.... most do not check attendance/usage.
-A "Taj Mahal" is only such if it is built all at once. If it is built in stages it is "a new center".-If you add up a 16.8K ft2 building with a second phase gymnasium, do you get something that is eerily reminiscent of the original proposal?
The new plan has two phases (the second phase is optional) Both phases combined of the new plan are 1/2 the size of the original proposal (16k SF vs. approx 32,000 SF)
-I for one like a residential community with simple playgrounds and passive parks, instead of this "planned" growth of CENTERS (community and conference) for every conceivable activity.
I'm glad that you have an opinion. Exercise your right to vote and vote for a candiate who shares your views. If there isn't one, then run for council yourself. If that doesn't work.... then quite frankly: Move. I, for one, enjoy having nearby acitivities and resources in the community that I live in and would welcome an expansion in those services and amenities for what amounts to less annually than what most people spend at the McDonald's drive thru.
-How many centers do we really "need", or is it want? And for the record, a public building (ie. Mackle Park) built in 1985 is considered obsolete and requires razing. Does this mean all buildings constructed in 1985 including homes undergo the same fate because of flood plain concerns?
A building necessitates razing when updating the building to current building code requirements (for public structures) and handicap accessibility is more costly than constructing an entirely new building. How is it that you can decide whether or not a building needs to be updated/improved/replaced when you previously noted that you don't even use it? It sounds to me like you're simply rallying against something that doesn't suit YOU! Wouldn't that make you a special interest?
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