Letter: Keep the faith for the REEF project

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 03:08 PM

To the Editor:

On behalf of Councilman Garry Daeke, we would like to thank all of those who came out for the Ward 3 “Listening Post” held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Shiloh Baptist Church on College Street.

There were approximately 45 people in attendance. The feedback from the citizens in the community was important because an update of information was essential in order to move the project forward due to a new interested developer for the recreational, educational, entertainment and family center on Zene Street. Feedback from the community is also important because they know better what they want as opposed to leadership assuming what they want.

When it is heard from the citizens, it makes for a more successful plan.

There is a cliché that says, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” This implies that one does not quit just because the first plan did not pan out. Regardless of why it did not happen or whose fault it was that it did not happen, we must continue to press forward until it does happen. I speak in regard to the Zene Street/REEF project that was embarked upon three years ago.

For whatever reason, the initial plan did not prevail so we are back at the drawing board with a “Plan B.” It is the belief that if this project can come to fruition, it will bring forth a glimmer of hope for a community that has been overlooked for so very long.

I agree that it has all been said before, but I also stand strong with my Flint Hill Family that feel we must continue until we can see a plan actually materialize. In the words of the late great Sam Cooke, “A change is gonna come,” so let us keep the faith.

Brenda Peace-Jenkins



The letter-writer is a Ward 3 representative to the city council.