Struggling to see the vision

One day I happened to be in Gyro Park looking down at the Extra Foods site and its desperate need for a new roof.

Re: “Kootenay Co-op project will enhance downtown,” Letters, June 7

One day I happened to be in Gyro Park looking down at the Extra Foods site and its desperate need for a new roof.

I wondered why the Kootenay Co-op was buying such an old building that was obviously not well maintained and would need to be gutted. But I thought they had carefully looked at the building and taken this into consideration when buying it. Actually, I thought we were buying two parking lots since parking is so difficult in Nelson.

Now I see the plan is to cover half the parking lot with buildings while increasing the traffic and need for it.

Where are these retail stores going to come from? Other parts of the city leaving landlords holding empty stores in the downtown or the mall? Bring in new stores from outside the community? How much can we buy? Isn’t this what’s wrong with the world?

I want a grocery store with good parking, good prices and is a good place to work. I don’t see “something amazing” or an “incredible opportunity” in this project.

I feel dragged into something I don’t want to participate in.

Melody Arnold

Riondel