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Letter to the editor
Some ideas to resolve blight issues

December 14, 2011

Dear Editor,

It seems there are a lot of folks in our community that are frustrated with the manner in which our local leaders are proceeding and the lack of progress.

I'm wondering if we couldn't organize a community meeting where we can discuss ways to address the blighted building issue?

Most of us are hopefully working and have our own responsibilities, so working full time on these issues would be biting off more than we can chew. But collectively....

I know I have what I believe are some great ideas of what to bring into the old farmer jacks building that i've gotten positive feedback on. The least original would be a Papa Joes or a whole foods, but I'd also like to see either a community adult oriented "playground" activity center.

Fitness in a fun sort of way that includes zip lines and climbing walls and those rope climbing structures, an indoor skate and bike park.

Or if that's too extreme, what about a "Doggerville", an indoor dog park activity center with a variety of dog oriented shops and services around the exterior.

The original aspect of the last two could bring commerce into the township. If not these, then something, anything, please.

There's also the old abandoned movie theater that would be a great coffeehouse-eat-in-theater that plays classics or indies.

The point is, what is being done to address these issues? We, the public, deserve to know, and if no specific direction is being taken, then perhaps the citizens together can get this ball rolling. Who's with me?

Tammie Heazlit

Independence Township