Saturday, Dec. 02, 2023|
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What do to with
old hospital site?
I attended the recent meeting to discuss how best to use the Rainbow Drive property (the former Hilo Memorial Hospital).
My suggestions were warmly received, and copious notes were taken, both on huge displays and on sticky notes with my business card attached. However, since none of what I suggested was reported in the paper, I will repeat the main points here.
It is remarkably shortsighted to think that this location is suitable for people to receive services if those people are going to have to walk to the site. Why? It could not be a worse location: It is at the steepest, longest hike uphill of any county site in Hilo, making that walk in the rain or sun with a backpack, etc., up Waianuenue a perfect excuse not to participate.
Could you make that hike? Try it sick with addiction, with children in tow, etc., and what kind of sweaty mess are you in when you arrive?
No, for homeless and addicted populations, this site requires full-time housing, or it is destined to create a barrier to use much worse than a police substation might, and that variable was shot down. We need vocational training on site, because it is empowering and can be therapeutic.
I proposed a vocational training center that would teach dog training and would provide services to the medical community in that area. Moreover, we could use the spaces not suitable for building construction and would need no permanent structures at all. Cheap. Easy. Fun. And it creates real jobs challenged folks can learn to do well.
I don’t know why my input was not reported, whereas half a paragraph was devoted to whether the site is haunted, but the community needs to know.
Uphill? Bad. Dogs? Good!
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