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Mountlake Terrace

Project needs to be priority-based

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I will be voting no on the Mountlake Terrace Civic Center proposal again.
City officials failed to purchase the Gateway Plaza building .3 of a mile form the current center location. The building offered 56,000 feet of new office space. A police station, city hall, meeting rooms and library with room to spare could have been housed there -- no construction needed -- for $5 million! A city official claimed they didn't want to "encumber future tax income." How about income by leasing out extra office space as the building itself appreciated in value as the economy improves?
How about a modestly priced building to house services on the current site and move city hall into the current library building?
I'm a senior and I think we have better priorities than social centers and amphitheaters to attract traffic and noise. How can officials and citizens be oblivious that others are still struggling and other towns' centers were built for far less than $25 million?
I resent the implication it will be the citizens' fault for having to rent space in the future should this proposal fail again. Was it necessary to spend $500,000 a year to rent in a high class building with a view?
Hard times require economic restraint. A proposal based on priority needs would have a better chance of passing.

Sandra Watkins
Mountlake Terrace

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