Windsor needs a better plan

One of my instructors always said, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." For 15 years, the Finney County Preservation Alliance has been trying to restore the Windsor Hotel back to the grand glory it was once known to have. For 15 years, as I have learned, there's been no set plan for the Windsor. People have donated money thinking it was going to be a hotel, and out of the blue a proposal suddenly appears to turn the historic structure into senior housing. This is not right, because people have been misled. Others have been unsupportive, because there's been no set plan and they didn't want to give their money to something that could take an unexpected turn, which it has. My first visit into the Windsor was during the fall semester of 2010. I was there to take photos for a photography class, as an untraditional student at Garden City Community College. Stepping into the men's parlor and snapping photos, I could envision these gentlemen with their cigars and drinks while talking politics. The visit motivated me to bring the past back to the present. I joined the Windsor Building Committee, thinking I could help make my vision come true. The Building Committee's goal was to clean and upkeep the building for tours. It met once. I never heard any more from them. There are people willing to help out, but again, failure to plan offers no chance to help out. I feel like there are people on the Alliance board who need to step down. They need to let the younger generation step up and continue the project. Acceptance of this senior living proposal is giving up. If they are tired of it and want something done now, they need to walk away. I'm willing to serve on the Preservation Alliance board and turn Garden City into a place that will attract tourists and preserve our history for our children. I'm not alone. There are others who feel the same way. This is a challenge people want to take on. The current senior housing proposal does not preserve the building. They're taking the character away from the building. Apartment floor plans are comparable to a trailer house, which are long and narrow. These potential investors are proposing to destroy the Windsor Hotel, so that it can never be turned back to its grand glory. They have promised to preserve the atrium, but that is a very small portion of the building. The atmosphere will be fake. The building needs to be preserved as much as possible. If funded through tax credits, the building will enter a 30-year limbo. Nothing else can be done with the building until 2042. Preserving a historic building will offer the chance for people to step back in time so that they can see and experience the year 1887. People will come to see it and escape from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced life. Make a plan. Preserve for the future. Don't give up.

One of my instructors always said, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." For 15 years, the Finney County Preservation Alliance has been trying to restore the Windsor Hotel back to the grand glory it was once known to have. For 15 years, as I have learned, there's been no set plan for the Windsor. People have donated money thinking it was going to be a hotel, and out of the blue a proposal suddenly appears to turn the historic structure into senior housing. This is not right, because people have been misled. Others have been unsupportive, because there's been no set plan and they didn't want to give their money to something that could take an unexpected turn, which it has. My first visit into the Windsor was during the fall semester of 2010. I was there to take photos for a photography class, as an untraditional student at Garden City Community College. Stepping into the men's parlor and snapping photos, I could envision these gentlemen with their cigars and drinks while talking politics. The visit motivated me to bring the past back to the present. I joined the Windsor Building Committee, thinking I could help make my vision come true. The Building Committee's goal was to clean and upkeep the building for tours. It met once. I never heard any more from them. There are people willing to help out, but again, failure to plan offers no chance to help out. I feel like there are people on the Alliance board who need to step down. They need to let the younger generation step up and continue the project. Acceptance of this senior living proposal is giving up. If they are tired of it and want something done now, they need to walk away. I'm willing to serve on the Preservation Alliance board and turn Garden City into a place that will attract tourists and preserve our history for our children. I'm not alone. There are others who feel the same way. This is a challenge people want to take on. The current senior housing proposal does not preserve the building. They're taking the character away from the building. Apartment floor plans are comparable to a trailer house, which are long and narrow. These potential investors are proposing to destroy the Windsor Hotel, so that it can never be turned back to its grand glory. They have promised to preserve the atrium, but that is a very small portion of the building. The atmosphere will be fake. The building needs to be preserved as much as possible. If funded through tax credits, the building will enter a 30-year limbo. Nothing else can be done with the building until 2042. Preserving a historic building will offer the chance for people to step back in time so that they can see and experience the year 1887. People will come to see it and escape from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced life. Make a plan. Preserve for the future. Don't give up.

SYNTHAI PRESTON,