, Salem, MA

March 13, 2013

Letter: New senior center plan a 'no-brainer'

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I write in support of the proposed senior center at Bridge/Boston streets. To be able to build a brand-new senior center with virtually no net cost to the taxpayers seems like a dream come true during challenging fiscal times. Why would we defer that opportunity to re-look at other sites that would cost taxpayers millions and delay the project for years? That it would be done through a public-private partnership, reduce risk to the city in terms of long-term ownership and dramatically enhance a key gateway to our city would be reason enough to support this project. In this case, those qualities are just the icing on the cake.

The existing center does not meet the needs our seniors because the facility is so lacking. Shouldn’t we want our community to have a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that will allow seniors a place for all sorts of activities? It would be a celebrated, signature place where our sense of community is enhanced. We’re lucky in Salem to have an active senior community, as well as a great staff at the Council on Aging. Let’s celebrate that with a stellar new facility.

City Council: This should be a no-brainer. Salem: We should all be expecting a unanimous vote from the council supporting this proposal.

Mickey Northcutt