Last week's question:
The city of Antioch is looking at the possibility of developing the three blocks of city-owned property on the east side of downtown -- including a vacant lot, the Antioch Senior Center and the Nick Rodriguez Community Center -- for condos. If the senior center is torn down, a 10,000-square-foot center must be built on city-owned land to replace it. What would you like to see done with that area and where should the senior center be relocated?
WE NEED PARKS, and places for our seniors and youths to go to keep them busy and out of trouble. The last thing we need is more condos and more people moving in to our city where crime is already out of control.
NO MORE housing! We need to recover and develop a strong economic plan to rebuild Antioch small business community.
WE NEED to stop developing houses and the like, and start looking at creating usable space.
WE NEED a family park downtown. Shaded sitting areas, grill spots, concrete chess tables, a stage area, restrooms. This is the best area we have. More and better access to the water is needed.
NO MORE housing! Beautiful park, family-owned businesses, only.
NO MORE of anything for Antioch until they do something about the crime -- and no more low-income housing.
NO MATTER what the people say, I'm thinking the City Council is going to do what it wants to do with that land. Let's use Pittsburg, Martinez and Brentwood as an example. Let's make downtown a family-friendly place with shops and restaurants. Heck, let's open up Humphrey's again.
Aletha Page Evaro
LEAVE the senior center where it is.
WHY IS BUILDING a complex even an option? Shouldn't we get this place under control before inviting anyone else into it? You kidding me?
REALLY? HORRIBLE idea. Take away the only place for seniors and kids to do anything productive. Wow!
LEAVE THE senior center and downtown alone. Put the money into law enforcement that is desperately needed.
I'M ALWAYS for children's fun and safety first. No housing, please.
IF I UNDERSTAND this correctly, the city wants to tear down the senior center but then will be required to build another one? How misguided can that be? Antioch does not need more housing, we do not need more people -- we need more police officers and less crime. Drive around town and witness the boarded-up, empty and "for rent" buildings -- do some math and come up with some hard figures as to whether this city does in fact need more housing. I'm guessing we do not.
I KNOW PEOPLE who live downtown, and they love it as it is. I don't think it's a safe place to put another park.
A park? Wasn't it just a few years ago we cut way back on park maintenance?
Kristy Graham Weyrauch
WE DO NOT need more housing. We need good restaurants (that are open all day and the weekends). We need to follow Pittsburg's, Brentwood's, and Martinez's example and make our downtown busy and charming.
ANTIOCH'S waterfront is beautiful but so run down. Spend the money on fixing the problems first.
Mychelle Finlay Salbashian
IF A BUSINESS wants to develop downtown, let them. That's tax money for the city. Take a vacant lot with a great view of the waterfront and turn it into something nice. Tax money to the city, if used correctly, turns into more police officers. The seniors get a new and improved building guaranteed.
IT WOULD BE nice if Antioch could restore the entire downtown area to something lovely to go to. Keep out the riffraff. Save the nice nostalgic businesses. Money, investments, hopefully bring a desire to protect it.
THE SENIOR CENTER and the community center should not be replaced with housing or a park. Our community needs these resources; some actually depend on them. Why not rebuild them, combine into one building that citizens can enjoy and use? It's really a shame that our City Council neglects to think about this part of our population and will, as some have said previously, just build or do what they want anyway.
ANOTHER community center? We need an activity center down town!
NO MORE housing until Antioch's crime problems are fixed.
WE DON'T NEED condos down town -- leave it the way it is. The seniors have gone to the center, and it is quiet area for them to have their functions.
PLEASE LEAVE THE senior center and community center where it is. I spent so much time at the community center. The theater there kept me and a lot of other kids out of trouble and gave us a sense of community. Please just restore the community center and put the funds that you save back into the community.
WHY NOT PUT the housing on a new spot and leave the old stuff downtown? Downtown doesn't need new construction. It is the "historic rivertown district," right?
CAN THE SENIOR center be used in conjunction with other programs? I assume it closes down by 5 p.m. Can we use it for a drop-in hangout with video games, pingpong, teen center? Maybe we could have community volunteers staff it.
SO SAD. THE community center is named after my friend's father who was very involved in the community. It would be a shame to remove it and replace with housing. Antioch needs to focus on making the community stronger and safer.
This week's question:
The city of Antioch is looking for a new restaurateur on waterfront property it owns at the spot where Humphrey's on the Delta once stood. What kind of restaurant do you think would go well there?
Not all responses will be published. Please respond before Monday.