Letter to the editor: $11M senior center too costly

Posted 10/9/19

$11M senior center too costly I’m for a Highlands Ranch senior center but not in favor of HRMD’s plan to build a 22,000 square foot, $11 million facility. HRCA/HRMD should do a joint venture …

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Letter to the editor: $11M senior center too costly

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$11M senior center too costly

I’m for a Highlands Ranch senior center but not in favor of HRMD’s plan to build a 22,000 square foot, $11 million facility. HRCA/HRMD should do a joint venture partnership to annex a senior center onto an existing HRCA rec center. These discussions took place about a year ago and fell apart. Financially, it makes sense to merge senior services into one multi-generational facility. Some HRMD board members offered up 100 excuses why annexation won’t work and they only advocate building a senior facility the size of an AutoNation dealership costing $11 million.

At the Sept. 24 board meeting, the board wants to survey residents on a standalone senior center. I was disappointed to hear one board member, Ms. Smith, ask if survey recipients can be front-loaded with more seniors. Kudos to the chairman for not entertaining that request. A senior club board member asked HRMD to not use a formal survey but rely on people filling out an online form.

The senior club wanted to stack the deck in their favor and not allow the entire community to be eligible in the survey process. This idea was shut down too.

Maybe it’s time HRCA/HRCA merge into one financially strong entity. Or maybe incorporate as a city to minimize overlapping services and keep expenses down. HRCA/HRMD needs to figure out how to annex the senior center onto an existing rec center and stop offering up excuses why this can’t be done. $11 million is too much to spend if it’s done wrong.

Steve Taraborelli

Highlands Ranch

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