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home : what's happening : letters to editor May 26, 2016

1/22/2013 10:46:00 AM
Letter to the Editor: What will be lost by waiting?
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Dear Editor,  

I wholeheartedly agree with those who are voicing support for halting demolition of the office building and the remaining warehouse on the old Greenwood Mills property off Kitson Street.

Of course, it was not feasible to save and restore the smoke stack on the property due to its condition, safety issues, and the cost of restoring it.  However, I believe it is feasible for these buildings to be stabilized until such time as a plan is made for the property and possible ways to incorporate them into the plan are developed. No one knows what the future holds for this prime real estate.  

What will be lost by waiting?  What will be lost if we don't wait?

I sympathize with the residents of the Greenwood Mill Village who are tired of looking at the mess that has been on that property for so many years.  I get just a tiny inkling of their frustration when I'm looking at green rolling carts still at the curb on my street on Monday, when garbage pickup was the previous Thursday.  

I feel a very small bit of their frustration when I see living room sofas and chairs spring up on front porches on my street, when such furniture on porches is against ordinances.  I know these minor annoyances don't rise to the level of ugliness experienced by those who live within sight of the mill property.  And I've been in meetings where residents of Greenwood Mill Village expressed their strong desire for it to "just be gone."  

However, I don't believe that reasoned professionals and thoughtful representatives of the people can let emotional response rule their actions. Emotions should not overcome reason and cause a rush
 to judgement.  Once these buildings are gone, they can't be brought back!

I heard at a HOA meeting for the Village that there was an offer from some entity to get involved in the stabilization, and ultimately, renovation of those two buildings for some yet-to-be-determined future use.  

I would urge City leaders and those who are tasked with making reasonable, thoughtful decisions to try to reach some agreement with whoever made that offer so that those buildings can be saved.  Over the years, leaders in the City have had a vision of what "could be" in downtown Greenwood, and have not let naysayers and those satisfied with the status quo dull that vision.  That perseverance is now returning dividends to our community.  

I urge that the right decision be made on this matter, too; not the one that is expedient!  What will be lost by waiting?  What will be lost if we don't wait?

Kathy Constant

This Letter to the Editor presents the opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Moore Media Inc. or GwdToday.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: James Gresham

If so many people want to save these buildings I see no fund set up to save them. If they are to be saved ya'll need to put your money where your mouth is.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: kenn wiltshire

Dear Mr. McDevitt. Thank you for your comments, they are well taken and understood as I say in my original letter. I have answered point by point on your Facebook posting but to reiterate a few.
I have expressed great interest in this site since I came on Council and have vigorously promoted a plan I devised for the whole site ( Mr. Williams can confirm).
The mill to the south of town is in the County and is privately owned so we have no control or influence. I am not Don Quixote!
I as a Councilman will always be very concerned for my Ward BUT I will also be concerned for the City as a whole and County and State and what is best for all our Citizens. Shouldn't we all?

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Chip Tinsley

Thank you Kenn for your keeping our towns mill history in the forefront! To tear down these buildings, that could be refurbished and used for other purposes, and the smokestack is a decision that must be reversed. Our towns
history is tied to textiles. This area could be a living educational testament to that history for future generations to learn from. This is bigger than one area and a desire to totally remove its past. Let us embrace a plan to incorprate this area as a focal point for the future, and a beacon to the past.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck McDevitt


Why not focus your efforts on the Museum or Train depot. It surprising after years of sitting idle as an eye sore that suddenly when the residents of the mill village are about ready to get rid of this... that suddenly it has historic value to you. Why are you saying anything about the mill that's being dismantled south of town near the headquarters? It doesn't have anything to do with a view of the laundry as you stated this morning... but rather the fact that nothing else can go in there until the old delapitated buildings are gone. The majority of folks in the village (including myself as one property owner) want these removed. As you don't represent this ward (Mr. Williams does) why not defer to the folks that live and pay taxes there.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Kenn Wiltshire

Keeping them Honest. Fact Check!
Cost to demolish NOW $28,000 (includes Guard Shack) Cost to demolish at a later date $1500-$2000 extra!
Cost to "Board Up" or weatherize to protect the good carpentry inside Office $3,695 Cost to do warehouse $5,000
NOT millions and a small price to pay to preserve history.
Sad that you have to resort to insults.

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