White Cliff Yes
By Vernon Keller
September 30, 2006
On October 3rd, we have an opportunity to make significant progress
in the creation of the White Cliff Center. Propositions 1 and
2 will provide a major portion of the funding for the Center.
The Center will be a multigenerational, year-round facility
serving the entire community. The Center will provide a home
for the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, the First
City Players, the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, and the Ketchikan
Senior Citizens Services. This facility will allow these already
successful organizations to continue flourishing in Ketchikan.
It also returns one of Ketchikan s valued historic buildings,
the White Cliff School, to service.
Some people have been expressing concern about the conversion
of the White Cliff School. I have spoken with people who have
wondered if hazardous materials have been accounted for, if the
rehabilitated structure would be ADA-accessible, and if there
would be adequate parking. Based on the work done by the White
Cliff Steering Committee, I believe all of these concerns, and
many others, have been fully addressed.
The White Cliff Steering Committee is a group of 15 local residents
who have extensively studied this project. The Committee s efforts
over the last several years have led to a visionary and viable
use for the White Cliff School. Their familiarity with Ketchikan
has created a project tailor made for our community. Their connection
with Ketchikan provides assurance that this project will be an
asset to our community. If you would like more information on
the planning of this project, please visit www.ketchikanarts.org/whitecliff
for complete details.
I believe that the Center will support economic development in
our community by attracting new residents and visitors. This
facility will be one of the things that Ketchikan boasts about
when we seek to bring new businesses or employees to our community.
The services the Center will provide to the community will also
inspire current and future residents to stay in Ketchikan. By
making Ketchikan an even better place to live and visit, the
Center will have a positive impact on our economy.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Received September 30, 2006 - Published September 30, 2006
About: "I am a 23-year resident of Ketchikan who values
a variety of year-round activities for my family. I have been
following the development of the White Cliff Center since it
was originally proposed several years ago."
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