“When we think back to how we got to that, we just kind of pulled those numbers out of the air,” Councilman Pete White said. “I can see two of them, both of them located on city-owned property in two separate quadrants that have very high need based on the health outcomes reports that we have.”
The subcommittee continues to work on the second request for proposals, and at least for now it doesn't specifically mention the possibility of building fewer than four centers over time.
Words of caution
Councilman Larry McAtee spoke up to remind his colleagues about the indication to voters that four centers would be built, warning that the council shouldn't openly debate the possibility of having only two centers unless it becomes a “last resort.”
“I think it's premature to render any comments that we should go this way or that way until we get the information in, because I think most of our citizens are expecting the four centers to be spread around the city,” he said.
The issue is reminiscent of the recent revelation that the city won't be able to afford the full 70 miles of sidewalks promised under MAPS 3, and in fact will build less than half with the MAPS money, even based on the most optimistic cost projections.
The senior center subcommittee is expected to finalize the second request for proposals as early as next month.
It would then go to the full MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board, and eventually the city council for final approval.