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Mailbag: Open space needs to stay preserved

December 22, 2010

As a couple of 77-year-old Huntington Beach residents, we are and have been strongly opposed to the construction of a new senior center in Huntington Central Park ("City: Park project has green light," Dec. 16).

On the occasions that we have visited the current center, we have never found it crowded. Although old, it seems pretty adequate to us. However, if in fact a larger facility is required, why not use one of the schools that has been or will be closed?

It is our view that there will probably never be a way to add to the open space now available in the city, and accordingly, all of the space in the current parks should be kept as it is or planted with grass and trees.

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Ian Campbell and Harriett Eichmeyer

Huntington Beach

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Center already in perfect spot

I do not agree with the headlines in the paper saying the senior center has a "green light to proceed" ("City: Park project has green light," Dec. 16).

The project has to have an EIR, which will have to consider alternative options. The best option is for the site on 17th Street and Orange Avenue to be chosen. Lease one of the unused schools, which could be leased for five years and used with little modifications for the present senior center. The present antiquated center could be demolished and a beautiful two-story center be built on the site. It's an entire city block in size. It's accessible and zoned for a center, and the city owns it.

Eileen Murphy

Huntington Beach

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'Green light' is not a go

I completely disagree with the appeals court ruling on the proposed senior center project ("City: Park project has green light," Dec. 16). The ruling was based upon technicalities and not the merits of the case. The $22-million figure being bandied about will likely never be realized as the Pacific City project will assuredly be downsized, thus reducing the Quimby Act "in-lieu" fees coming to the city. There are still way too many unknowns for the city to proceed with this project. The supposed "green" light should be a cautionary "yellow" light at best.

Tim Geddes

Huntington Beach

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