Evie Lau: Senior Center changes not welcome
The Arts Council of Summit County has recently proposed an architectural change within the Senior & Community Center which I strongly oppose for the following reasons:It would take up most of the space available as one enters the center, i.e., the foyer, or entrance hall. The structure the Arts Council is proposing would be permanent and would go from floor to ceiling. Contrary to what the Arts Council must believe, this area is widely used for a variety of purposes. It would be immediately in front of the entrance to the main all-purpose rooms, which can be used individually or as one large room. It would prohibit direct access to these rooms and could be a problem for handicapped access, also, for vacating a large group in case of a fire or other catastrophe.This area is used frequently for reception tables for groups who have rented the center and for the Monday night dinners. It is, also, completely used during the month of August for the Senior Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. The Rummage Sale and Silent Auction have netted sums in the neighborhood of $50,000 each year for many years, all of which benefit charitable organizations in Summit County, mostly seniors. Besides those financial benefits, they provide a much-needed inexpensive place to purchase clothing, furniture, and other household items for families.I have chaired the silent auction for seven years and I completely fill the area mentioned above, and much more, for the auction. The auction has netted over $8,000 each year and is expanding each year. In fact, last year we added a tent outdoors for other items to provide more space for the auction, and we plan to add another this year. If this architectural structure is allowed to go forward within the Senior & Community Center, there will be no silent auction in the future, and it will seriously impede the rummage sale, as the area is, also, used for the check-out tables for the rummage sale. Many volunteers take part in this effort every year, and those who have seen the proposed architectural drawings are appalled at the prospect.Allen-Gierra Design-Build, Inc. is the architectural firm which has prepared the drawings and photos. There is no estimate provided as to cost, nor is there any indication as to how it would be funded. The drawings and photos can be seen at the Senior & Community Center in Frisco; they are located on tables in the exact area proposed for the permanent arts display. If you are at all interested in the usage of our wonderful center, please check this out this week and register your thoughts on the proposed use of our community area on the sheets provided.
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