Why hijack the Glenbrook Community Center
In response to Mayor Caroline Simmons’ recent editorial, I would like to offer a different perspective on the proposed development of the Glenbrook Community Center. As a board member of the Glenbrook Neighborhood Association, I was made aware of the plans for the 51 apartment development and was initially in favor of it, until I learned that the only entities invited to come up with ideas for the building were those who could offer accommodation on the site. The mayor’s office informed us that the only development the city would sanction would be something that would provide housing. Why is it necessary to divert a building that has been a community center for generations to provide housing? Can’t we at least consider the possibility that maintaining the building as a community center would help more people than 51 apartments?
I think we can all agree that Stamford is an expensive place to live and affordable housing is a necessary goal. There are many sites in Stamford and Glenbrook that would be suitable for this development. I even suggested that the vacant property behind my house be converted into affordable housing. The idea that we have to sacrifice the Glenbrook Community Center to achieve this objective does not convince me. I feel now more than ever that Glenbrook needs to restore the services that a community center would provide.