By Alethea Johnson
January 31, 2011
After getting the pros and cons out on the table for everyone to see, the group can then explore the feasibility of a public-private partnership (e.g. the Borough retains ownership of the property and a non-profit users group assumes responsibility for most of the fund-raising, renovations and ongoing maintenance). For an example of this type of partnership, take a look at the website for New York City's Central Park: http://www.centralparknyc.org/
If a decision isn't obvious after an informational meeting, a time-line for research and planning can be drawn up and a task force can be formed to carry it out. At the end of that period, the Assembly can make a decision about whether to go forward with a plan for renovation or demolish the building and slate the property for some other type of use.
This community is full of bright and creative people with a passion for getting things done. I'd like to see our Borough leaders take a collaborative approach to situations like this and help us create the most positive outcomes possible with the resources we have at hand.
About: "30 year resident of Ketchikan. Enjoys collaboration and creative problem-solving."
Received January 27, 2011 - Published January 31, 2011
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