I read with interest the Sept. 14 lead article in the Telegraph (“Want my neck of the woods,” Page A1) concerning Steve Kitzman’s offer to the Dixon Strong Leadership Team to swap his property for the land now held by the Dixon School District along North Brinton Avenue. It’s a good idea, but I think that such a deal could be enhanced by allowing the Dixon Park District to participate. How? By allowing them to be involved in the swap. Their part of the swap would entail giving the Page Park property to the school district in exchange for some portion of the 70-acre North Brinton Avenue property.
The Kitzman Lumber property would complete a biking/walking loop along the riverfront that would fit nicely into its beautification plan and the landlocked high school property could be “unlocked” at the same time (and building in a flood plain is permissible, contrary to Mr. Langloss’s statement, as long as mitigation measures are implemented).
Mr. Kitzman is on the same side of many, and I daresay maybe most, of Dixon’s voters, who believe that a community center should be, as implied in the name, at the community’s geographic center, easily accessible to most of the community at large.
In a related way, as I watch the events happening near the Dixon Armory involving the construction of a parking lot, I cringe at the short-sightedness employed that would allow for the wasting of the railroad embankment, which could be advantageously used to build a protective (and beautiful) berm for the high school, a mere stone’s throw away.
Perhaps all of these elements posited here could be implemented in a master plan that would equally benefit most of the citizens of our fair city.