A rea­son­ably sized Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter would be a nice ad­di­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor, My hus­band and I moved here 16 years ago from New Paltz be­cause we wanted to be where things were hap­pen­ing and many of our artist friends were liv­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, we wanted to be in the Ron­d­out, where the neigh­bor­hood was qui­etly grow­ing into an artists’ en­clave.

We have al­ways been very much in­volved in the arts scene in Kingston and ap­pre­ci­ate all of the events, fes­ti­vals, gath­er­ings and cul­tural hap­pen­ings that en­rich our area. They are part of the fiber that is help­ing Kingston de­velop into the “lit­tle Brook­lyn” it is be­com­ing.

That said, the de­vel­op­ment must be smart and fore-think­ing, in touch with re­al­ity and con­scious of the neigh­bor­hood. We would very much like to see an Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter in our neigh­bor­hood. We have three mu­se­ums al­ready that are won­der­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tions of our past, present and fu­ture. An­other would be a tremen­dous as­set.

But not at 17,000 square feet.

Do we need an­other restau­rant and bar, when in the off months, many of the es­tab­lish­ments sit empty?

A theatre would be an­other boon to the Ron­d­out, but where will they park? Not in 18 park­ing spots at the fa­cil­ity. Have you ever tried to find a park­ing spot on First Satur­day, let alone the Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion or any other of the an­nual fes­ti­vals and we live a block and a half from the site?

Mayor Steve No­ble is a pro­po­nent for un­veiled gov­ern­ment, one of the rea­sons we sup­port him. There should be no be­hind-the-scenes zon­ing, no crony­ism, no deals un­der the ta­ble.

And I’m no en­gi­neer, but I don’t see how that build­ing can have an ad­dress on West Strand.

And one more thing, the project con­sul­tant, Matthew Rudikoff, likened the build­ing to the YMCA on Broad­way. Think about it: The YMCA on that prop­erty? Lu­di­crous.

We be­lieve a rea­son­ably sized, well-thought-out cen­ter where visi­tors and res­i­dents can learn about Ir­ish cul­ture in the Hud­son Val­ley would make a nice ad­di­tion to the Ron­d­out.

We un­der­stand that many of the peo­ple sup­port­ing the Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter are stal­warts in the com­mu­nity. Many of them are our friends and col­leagues and we ap­plaud your per­sonal in­vest­ments into our com­mu­nity. You all, like us, have spent many hours of do­nated time, money, and sweat eq­uity into build­ing our great city. We may not have been born here like many of you, but we have worked to help cre­ate and nur­ture many of the events and or­ga­ni­za­tions that make Kingston what it is to­day and sen­si­ble growth is good growth.

Su­san Linn Kingston

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