Senior Housing and Sports Fields: A Broader View for Redevelopment
When ShineHarmony’s proposal to redevelop the old Zion College as a senior living facility didn’t gain traction, it was a blessing in disguise.
Additional housing for seniors is necessary so long-time Barrington residents may remain comfortably in town. When creating it, we should take a comprehensive view of properties throughout town, rather than evaluating the opportunity of only one plot at a time. This allows for strategic development to better meet the immediate and long-term needs of Barrington residents.
One idea I’d like to explore, if elected to Town Council, is to consolidate the athletic fields that are scattered throughout town. This would create a better sporting experience for families who currently have to zig-zag across town for practices and games at various locations. It would also open portions of the former fields to modest redevelopment for seniors and others.
(This article was submitted as a Candidate Statement to the Barrington Times, on 9/28/2018. The image does not represent a specific proposal)