“I really like what I’m seeing, and there are multiple components to it, but we’ll have to add them as we go,” Harris said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but we’re not going to take 20 years to get it done. I’m excited about it, and I think a lot of other people are as well.”
Harris and at least two other members of SECA plan to take a bus trip next week to the existing Spooky Nook facility near Manheim, Pa., to learn how it can benefit their neighborhoods with jobs and the potential to spur businesses.
Mayor Pat Moeller said he had hoped development would start in the Second Ward, creating a “domino effect” that would spark more development.
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“Of all the Second Ward meetings, these are the four best that I’ve attended, because of this energy,” Moeller said.
The Rev. Harold Andrews said he also was encouraged.
“If you had asked me after meeting No. 1, what these four meetings would produce judging by meeting No. 1, I was very skeptical,” Andrews said. “Meeting No. 2 gave me great hope. No. 3 showed so much progress that I was excited about meeting No. 4. I think meeting No. 4 tells us we are on the right course, we’re headed in the right direction, and we will achieve. I believe it’s going to make our community a whole lot better.
“And I appreciate that.”