We are seniors who have resided in Brandon as taxpayers and boosters for almost 30 years.
We watched the city hall meeting on TV on Jan. 7. A large portion of the meeting was spent addressing the need for affordable housing in Brandon. We felt some sadness and disappointment that the proposal from the Seniors Housing Co-op for the property at 2025 Brandon Ave. seemed to be passed over without apparent consideration.
We recall that the properties of Fleming School and the former police station were passed over in favour of business development. It appears that commercial development has a higher priority than affordable housing.
It should be considered that the construction of affordable housing would create more jobs than the expansion of an existing commercial enterprise. Also it should be noted that a seniors co-operative complex would house taxpaying consumers. It would also create jobs to service such a complex — probably more than the two or three quoted in the Sun that Source for Sports would employ.
It should also be noted that phase one of the Seniors Housing Co-op on McDiarmid Drive has proven to be a successful and attractive low cost enterprise that drew wide attention in the community at its inception. Phase two is oversubscribed as it waits a place for development.
We ask that the city would please look favourably on these concerns.
JACK & MARIE GRAHAM
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 15, 2014