How much Old Town is too much
Original post made by Community courtesy, Danville, on Apr 4, 2009
This note on "old town Danville" was received as part of an agenda for Danville neighborhood discussion groups meeting today. The reference is Mr. Bob Myhre's LTTE in your Friday edition provided below:
For our agenda: How much Old Town is too much?
Today, we will discuss Old Town north of Diablo Road and its need for significant renovation, rejuvenation and replacement. We would also like to discuss the Vets Hall as out of place among the rejuvenation of Prospect.
In general, most neighbors agree that Danville has too much old town that has not been renovated into attractive shopping and hospitality and has failed to create anchor store locations for larger retail operations. The Vets Hall is an eye-sore without any character appropriate to the continuing renovations and rejuvenation of old town Danville.
**Commentary by Jane, Danville neighborhoods discussion groups, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**
Tear down the Vets Hall
Once again I feel compelled to offer a rebuttal to your story about the "New Option for Vets Hall" as published in last week's issue of the Danville Weekly.
I totally disagree about there being a concurrence of opinion or acceptance of the version saving the front of the building. Obviously some of the people felt it had "historical value," but the "historical value" of the veterans buildings in both Lafayette and Walnut Creek DID NOT prevent them from being torn down - and it should not either here in Danville!
If upwards of $7 million or $8 million is going to be spent on the upgrading of the building, it should be done in a manner that will give it the utmost in utility and not need enlarging or replacing for use by succeeding generations in the coming decades - after all, it was built in 1925 and has outlived its current usefulness.
**LTTE by Robert D. Myhre, WWII and Korean veteran**
Hal, as a community courtesy