WHAT DO YOU KNOW? The Complex Complex
or _ Dream a little dream of (Lorain)
Last evening after putting my toe in the water on this blog , I decided to attend the Complex Complex forum.
My disclaimer here is that these were my impressions of the event through my “fog of being and breath holding so as not to flood the room with “emotional incontinence“.
So What do we know?
1. We know for sure that Lorain City Schools has to build a new High School ( somewhere) and there is already $70 million in place to build it.
That is a definite. whether it is on the river, central Lorain, on the Admiral King site or even as suggested last evening on the “neutral East side!”
2. We also know that there is a concept ( not that unique) to have more than just a school built but by using that definite anchor of a new school to bring to a site, in central Lorain a new library , a recreation and health care facility and a LCCC portal ( my word as I am not at all sure of what that entails as yet) .
Obviously those supporting the Central Lorain Complex concept (because of the fact that Lorain’s center needs something to happen ) considered the idea of putting together this complex in an area that would have an impact and make a radical change to the heart of Lorain.
The entities involved, those that own the land for the one site under discussion, the “possible partners “ of the complex have asked the populace and those that will decide on ‘WHERE”
THE NEW SCHOOL WILL BE BUILT”
to basically consider the options of a partnership and a sharing possibility and to get the thoughts of the taxpayers .
When we build the new High School we will need X amount of land however if we consider a “complex” then obviously we will need more – and of course the partnership would also require more than the 70 million already in the bank. We would need to plan ahead -( now there is a concept :)
It seems to me all these forums really are asking is “what would the population like to see and that if the complex is an idea that has merit there are 4 locations in Central Lorain that would change the “old town”.
It really is as simple as that if you ask me. The problem is like anything else we all get tied up in the could be this , could mean this, could cost this and the what ifs. We all have our definite and passionate opinions none of which are wrong.
Gary Fischer asked last night to “give us your dream,” being on the receiving end as a facilitator he got a bit of a nightmare instead, but I have to say it was entertaining. :)
You are being asked a simple question in these forums
1. Do we want the High School to stand-alone and consider the option of having it in Central Lorain.
2. Do we want the new High School to be part of a larger grouping that would impact Central Lorain in a very significant way .
If the general consensus is Yes to question two then the “partnership” will explore the cost of putting the complex and feasibility in the four areas as described in the presentation, and coming up with a plan for implementation.
Well that is what I took away from last nights meeting as well as the conclusion that Lorain still has passionate people that care about Lorain and actually this Loraine too! Thanks