2017 Letters to the editor stock

After reading The Times editorial about the Town Theatre demolition, I needed to respond to a few items.

If the theater had the approval when it was first presented, the building would still be standing today.

Restoration would have stopped the decline caused by the roof leaking and pressure on the outside walls.

The current town council delayed long enough, as planned, waiting for the interest in the theater to die down or for the building condition to deteriorate to the point it would need to be razed.

This way they could not be blamed for the failure of this project. Appointing themselves to the Redevelopment Commission, with their hand-picked director, there would be no resistance. A volunteer commission is now run by town employees. They have eliminated the last historic building, leaving an empty lot with no immediate plans for redevelopment.

Progress? Fair? Not in my eyes.

Jim Kessler, former Highland redevelopment commissioner

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.