Friday, April 29, 2016

WDT: Childrens Home and Y See Youth Potential in Northside League Building

          For the past several months a plan has simmered to convert the long vacant and decaying Northside League building into a Boys and Girls Club.
          Now as the clock ticks down on the tax sale certificate, advocates have come forward with their plan.  There are challenges including perfecting title. There is a new owner in the offing by June if the current owner of record  or someone on its behalf fails to pay over $30K in taxes and fees.
          The League as a corporate entity is essentially defunct and efforts to sell it have been fruitless and dubious.
          A last minute bid to restore the corporation so it could convey title doesn't seem to have come far and whatever happens a  court must OK it.  Organizers for the Boys Club say they are certain they could get the court approval.
        The downside on all this is tax exemption, but in it's current form the property on Mill Street is going nowhere , so the youth club plan deserves a serious look on a couple of levels. One is stabilizing the property, the other is developing more programs for youth as a means of getting a handle on the pathologies that are developing including the acute heroin problem.
        Likely such an endeavor would generate foundation and donation money which would restore the property to a community use, which was the original intent of its founders back in 1911.
        When I learned about this some weeks back, I did sit on it as I realized there is merit to it developing at its own pace. Now that its out in the open, let's see what develops.
Watertown Daily Times | Children’s Home looking at North Side Improvement League site

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is a very big need for something like this on the north-side.
This is great news! But doesn't seem likely to happen, because its on the north side and people like Butler and Ritchie would rather spend their favors up at Thompson Park on a self congratulatory monument to the Tenth Mountain gravy train, than lift a finger to help the north-side.


On the other hand, what about the dollar store? Where will the north-siders buy their plastic Chinese stuff that they don't need? Maybe its just better to let the building fall into the hands of the profiteers.

Anonymous said...

Leave it to biased junk news to frame the decision on banning John Wayne day in a way that would please most crackpots and nose ring aficionados. However MSNBC or the Huffington Post describes something, junk news can be depended on to puke accordingly. What is it, Mr smith? Do you see a future for yourself in pandering, hateful politics. There are already enough golfers in the area, as it were.

Anonymous said...

12:44, try not to get offended over it. The same estrogen that causes mothers weep is responsible for sending males into journalism and gives them the effeminate political bent that guarantees 99% of the media will march in lockstep with your golf buddy's politics. Its for the children dontchaknow.

Anonymous said...

2:27, your wisdom and balance are traits that I admire.