To the editor:
Many thanks to the folks that attended the Korn School Adaptive Reuse Feasibility Committee meeting July 31 and for your participation and active discussion.
We were encouraged to see community interest and engagement in the Korn school renovation feasibility assessment. We hope that this first step to engage the community has been helpful to reach an informed decision together.
The powerpoint presentation can be found on the town website, along with the meeting minutes.
Your feedback and comments are important. Our committee will communicate the information gathered through these meetings so that, as a community, we are making a collaborative decision.
The next workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. tour, 7 p.m. meeting, at Korn Elementary School.
Please spread the word about this ongoing effort and encourage others to participate in the process. In addition, the committee regularly meets and the meetings are open to the public.
Dave HeerKorn School Adaptive Reuse Feasibility Committee Chairman
I attended the first phase of the Korn school feasibility presentation and workshop on July 31.
A tour was given by David Heer, chairman of the feasibility study committee.
The attendance was more than what was expected and there were many questions throughout the evening from interested citizens of Durham.
Heer explained how the building offers many opportunities for community, recreational and senior activities, as well as an art center, after school programs and much more.
The most relevant question on everyone’s mind was the cost. The cost to renovate has been budgeted for $7 million, while the cost to build from scratch has been estimated at around $18 million.
This project would be a great investment in our town at a reasonable cost.
This is the ultimate in recycling and reusing.
There is another public workshop scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 at Korn school, and there will be a referendum in December where residents will have the chance to vote on the project.
I believe that we can’t afford not to do this. If we don’t take advantage of this opportunity, RSD 13 has every right to put the building up for sale. This may result in an activity we may not like in the middle of where our kids go to school and play.
Other possibilities are that the building would sit empty and taxpayers would still be responsible for its upkeep, or it could be torn down.
Think about how a vibrant community center could add to the quality of life for all residents and perspective residents of Durham.
Get involved, get the facts and be prepared to make an informed decision come December.