Ald. Smith has posted an open question to the community and her constituents to elicit feedback on how the Somerset building should be utilized once it is closed:
Doesn’t this seem premature? First, it is not public property but privately owned. It isn’t hers to decide what to do with, though she apparently believes otherwise. Second, her concerns about the impact these residents have on the community is not resolved. There is still the very unclear question of where the state is going to put these residents, many of whom will, in fact, remain in her ward, possibly with less structure and supervision. By skipping over the difficult and important question of where these residents will be relocated and jumping straight to ‘hey, what can we do with that lovely old building,’ Ald. Smith, I believe, reveals clearly her motives.
I sent a letter to Ald. Smith regarding the question of the disposition of the 300+ residents at Somerset and she has not yet responded. In addition, I sent a copy of the letter to Uptown Update, who has neither posted it nor replied, though Ald. Smith’s post about what to do with the building is front page news. Today I submitted a comment to Action Uptown, Ald. Smith’s blog, to let her constituency know of this blog. To her credit, the comment was posted. Thank-you.