By Leigh Armstrong
Looking to determine if the borough assembly still supports the idea, Mayor Andrew Cremata has proposed a resolution that restates the need and support for a senior citizens center in the community.
Skagway has been making plans to build a senior center since 2013, with voters approving a $6 million bond issue by just five ballots in October 2016. Discussions have continued since then over whether the facility should include housing and where it should be located.
“I don’t think the city should be involved in housing,” Assemblymember Dave Brena said at the May 2 assembly meeting, where the mayor introduced his resolution. The assembly directed the draft resolution to the Civic Affairs Committee for further review at a later date.
Brena noted that the senior center’s proposed location at an RV park would take up space that could be used for housing. He suggested that the municipality look into using one of its own vacant buildings, like the old city hall, and repurpose it for use as the senior center.
As currently proposed, the senior center would include a meeting room, kitchen and personal care room for seniors to get haircuts and other services.