LETTER: Ideas for Railtown

Reader June Hamley suggests two ways Railtown houses slated for demolition could be used.

I’m writing again to suggest a solution for the renos needed to update the structure used for the Saturday market at Cottonwood Falls Park. There are three homes slated to be demolished in Railtown. Why not use the reclaimed building supplies to renovate the existing structure? The roofing seems to be quite new and looks to be enough for the structure.

Like I said in my previous letter, about 90 per cent of vendors in attendance on the day I petitioned to keep the existing structure until funds are available for a new one signed it. Two vendors said they wouldn’t attend the market with only temporary shelter. I understand this as I vended on a rainy day under a market tent — my merchandise got very wet! One man said he would volunteer to do the electrical renos needed. Volunteers will surface if you decide to renovate.

Or if you don’t like that idea, here’s another suggestion to address the affordable housing shortage. This idea is in line with the model of Habitat for Humanity. In exchange for putting in the labour to renovate the houses in Railtown slated to be demolished, the people involved can buy the homes or rent them for an affordable rate.

June Hamley

Nelson