Don’t use tax dol­lars to sup­port de­vel­op­ment

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

No, no no! Do NOT, re­peat, NOT let city coun­cil use our money to pay pri­vate de­vel­op­ers for the con­struc­tion of lux­ury hous­ing in down­town Peter­bor­ough. The des­e­cra­tion of the old YMCA build­ing has gone far be­yond re­demp­tion in terms of his­toric preser­va­tion. Re­tain­ing some sem­blance of a build­ing façade does not in any sense qual­ify as preser­va­tion and the com­pany which has let this mess on one of our ma­jor down­town cor­ners con­tinue for years has been woe­fully ig­no­rant of fac­tors they should have been well aware of re­gard­ing this shame­ful project years ago. De­spite the tent city of last sum­mer and the cry­ing need for af­ford­able hous­ing that screams at us, the idea that public money from any level should be ac­cessed to as­sist a builder is out­ra­geous. This city has an em­bar­rass­ing record of de­mol­ish­ing solid, im­por­tant struc­tures with­out good rea­son. Do not ap­prove any more projects that re­quire de­stroy­ing some­thing that could merely be ren­o­vated for the good of all. Con­do­mini­ums or lux­ury rentals are nei­ther needed nor de­sir­able in our down­town and sim­ply ex­ac­er­bate the strain on our land­fill.

Joan Reeves, Wa­ter Street

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