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The former Michael E. Rogers Senior Center site (2.05 acres) has been vacant since the new Senior Center opened in July 2016. The site is zoned for open space which is inclusive of a community park use. Rather than have this site remain vacant or used only periodically for small use/meetings and a police force staging area, the property could greatly benefit the entire community by retrofitting a portion of the building(s) so that the community can utilize them for a variety of multi-purpose, social, recreational, and educational uses. Additionally, the City could generate revenue from the uses associated with renting out the building(s). The balance of the property can be developed into a smaller park so that the neighborhood can benefit and to conform to the open space zoning. This would seem like the best use and a win-win situation for the City and neighborhood.
The council previously considered selling the site to pay for park maintenance. HB Tomorrow is opposed to selling any open space or park space without concrete plans to replace it to maintain the current balance, both for the city and that particular neighborhood.