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Community development is always an exciting topic to me. I had a vision of an Environmental Education Center. It could serve those purposes — community development, housing and homeless needs.

No. 1 Community: Chrysler site, 107 acres. It could be an in-town oasis for exploration with an emphasis on nature, science, leisure and the environment. Or it could also be a site for an innovative accessible art education site. The site would encourage social interaction by being an environmental site for school children, a new senior center, teen volunteerism, with hands-on learning activities, for the citizens and children.

No. 2 Housing: It could be a catalyst for federal housing funding for neighborhood improvement dollars. Landlords would be excited to increase the value of their properties — a building could be a site for facility rentals, seminars, or a pavilion with park atmosphere. This ties in with the Chrysler site and the clean up that was done. A large area would be needed and maybe could attract a few small businesses that promote ideas pertaining to climate change.

We would need a community service director at a cost of $121,700 to $179,000 to oversee library, parks, recreation and educational tech services for this area.

No. 3 Homeless Needs: This site would encourage education, self reliance and housing maintenance by providing jobs — service jobs with hands on learning — within walking distance of shopping and schools.

Barbara Schmidt

Kenosha

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