A little late in the posting, but the community meeting last night was an amazing success by many measures. The night led off with a joyous announcement by Mike Pattison that the Teacher’s Credit Union has granted the Sky Dragon a three-month extension on the termination of the first mortgage. (I’ll double-check that number) Note that time is still running out – the Dragon still needs to secure alternative financing – but this extension gives us the desperately needed time to make that alternative financing happen.
The event was well-attended (maybe somebody can provide a better number but I would guess 100+) and there were some excellent presentations made by members of the board and some of the staff. Afterwords, people broke into themed discussion groups to provide feedback and questions on specific topics that arose during the presentations. All kinds of other wonderful things were taking place at the same time that brought a lot of positive energy to the night (a speakers corner video camera, fresh coffee, treats, lots of feedback and portrait shots for the art crawl).
There was definitely not enough time for people to express everything on their minds despite the event running over 3 hours. Integrating community input, participation, will be an on-going process for months to come. The next big target in terms of a public event is the upcoming James Street Art Crawl (April 9th). We have graciously allowed to use the Ricca’s Furniture building (much thanks to the new owners) to setup a Save the Dragon exhibit where we hope to put on display all the community feedback and support we’ve received so far.
We have a recording of the presentations that will be posted shortishly, along with the presentation slides.