Compromise should be possible for old YMCA building

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 23, 2004

To the editor:

After reading the articles and letters about the old YMCA building/parking lot controversy, I imagine, whether the building remains or is torn down, many people will feel that people on the other side don’t understand or don’t care and that their own view has been ignored. So is a compromise possible? Would it be feasible to leave the front of the building standing, reinforce this facade from behind and on the sides, and create a parking lot behind that structure? If so, this traditional business block of downtown Selma would maintain its historic and aesthetic balance, while the First Baptist Church would have more parking space. Neither side would be completely satisfied with such a compromise. But it might be the solution most beneficial to both the church and the citizenry of Selma. Maybe this compromise is worth considering.

Hanna Berger

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