Serious blow

To the Editor,

Generations, our Intergenerational Center, came into existence because of great local support, attracting $1.1 million in federal stimulus funds, and now stands, $4.6 million later, as a jewel in the crowns of Plymouth and Sheboygan County.

Generations has applied for a liquor license to increase income to the center. The Plymouth

City Council initially denied this, then reversed its decision and granted the license. Now, the mayor of Plymouth has vetoed the city council’s decision to grant the liquor license. As the city of Plymouth gradually withdraws funding for Generations, the center needs the liquor license to generate income with other facility events -- weddings, family reunions, and receptions.

The center offers a home to the Senior Center, Head Start, a daycare center and the Family Resource Center, all non-profit entities. The richness created by having these entities all under one roof is part of the Generations mission and they hope to continue to keep rents low for these organizations to continue this. Income from private social events have always been part of the picture, but the market for these events depends on being able to include alcohol, and they have had people decline to book there for lack of a liquor license.

The license denial is a serious blow to this growing jewel, jeopardizing not only near future operations, but the growth opportunities that are being urged upon it. Generations projects a shortfall of $60,000 for 2014 and that will continue to grow without additional revenue.

Make no mistake about where things stand now: This latest action is a serious threat, possibly event a project killer, for Generations.

Could it be that in denying this additional revenue, this project, a leader in co-operation and vision, already successful in enhancing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people, could end up as another empty building? Oh, yes. There could easily be a cascade of decline, as, let’s say, a tenant moves out because of a rent raise, and it’s downhill from there. All the contributions, all the hopes, and all the volunteer effort, all the early successes would have come to nothing, as Generations ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper. What a tragedy. What a disgrace.

The city, the county, the community should not risk this possibility.

David Lagerman

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