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No Lunch For Danville Seniors

Original post made by Simply Sterling, San Ramon, on Aug 15, 2013

Once upon a time in the town of Danville there was an old building that sat on the corner of Hartz and Prospect called the Veteran’s Memorial Hall. It was owned by the county on behalf of the military men and women who served our country. Unfortunately, the building was in disrepair. So the town made a deal with the county that the town would buy the building at a nominal price and fix it up and maintain it with the promise that the veterans would always have its usage. The town also worked out a plan that the building would be expanded so seniors would share in its use. It would become both a veteran’s hall and a senior center.

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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Nicely written synopsis of the results of Danville city planning.

I wrote numerous comments in here questioning the parking situation for the very issues mentioned. So now, unfortunately, I can say, "I told you so."

I also wrote that I thought the Senior Building should be two-stories throughout. Making half the building be one-story was a waste of precious land space.

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Posted by Carolyn
a resident of Danville
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Simply Sterling,

Although I understand your frustration, the building was primary supposed to be a replacement for our Veterans. When I looked at the Silver Streak published by the Town of Danville, there are numerous classes and activities at the Senior Center for them. I know seniors want to be active, but why should one be able to have back to back classes making it harder for another to be in just one?

Also, there are plenty of places to read books and is it the majority or minority that are interested in playing games? How many Seniors were included in the San Diego survey? My parents are in this group and the LAST thing they would want to do is sit around and play games.

With regard to a communal lunch program, who is supposed to pay for this? The Town of Danville never agreed to provide staffing for a lunch service. They agreed to repair a crumbling building and make sure it could be used by Veterans, seniors and the rest of the community if they so choose.

Finally, changing the Community Center (near the library) into the Senior Center because of the handicapped parking is exclusionary. If those spots are always filled by the seniors, that is not fair to those who are headed to the Library who aren't seniors but have a legitimate handicap as well. Also, if a senior is healthy enough to be taking let's say a line dancing class or cooking class, they are healthy enough to walk the few extra feet from the parking lot behind the building. In addition, with regard to your thoughts on young moms wanting to take their toddlers with them to lunch before or after a class, you must never have had children to understand when a child needs a nap, the LAST thing you do is take them to lunch where they will disrupt everyone else's nice afternoon.

Fortunately, the Town of Danville looked at the community as a whole and didn't get so narrowly focused on one particular group.