The ballot you have seen for the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll is intended to help the Board of Trustees (BOT) understand if there is community support for continued efforts to save part or all of the building, or whether the majority of residents want the building demolished. Getting this information from residents is only a first step for the BOT in reaching a decision on the St. Paul’s Building, and it is understood that regardless of what we learn, more work will need to be done. This poll is important to help us understand in what direction the residents would prefer that we focus our efforts.
If the residents do not support further efforts to try to save part or all of the building, and the Board of Trustees decides to proceed with demolition, the Board will evaluate what could be done with the land after the building is demolished. While many residents have spoken of having a park, there has also been a lot of interest expressed by residents in a community center or a recreation center. The Board of Trustees will set to work to find out the best use for this land, with further community input, if the poll shows community support for demolition and the BOT decides to proceed with demolition.
If the residents support further efforts to try to save the building, there is much more work to be done to explore the many different options, the affordability of those different options, and the value those options would provide to the community. The Board of Trustees will set to work, with further community input, to determine what project would be best for our community considering preservation, affordability and uses.