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Cottonwood condos need more consideration

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:17 a.m. CDT

From Darlene Loudon


I would hope that the city will be giving some serious thought about the condos on Cottonwood Street.

The taxes on each condo will be over $5,000 a year. You get a condo on a slab of concrete. There are some beautiful homes in Creston that might pay a high tax but you’re getting a house. The condos are too high priced for what you’re getting.

Did you ask Mr. Sonntag if he’d like to buy that land? Then he could build his condos and try to sell them. Of course, he doesn’t want to buy the land. Did you offer the land to anyone else to see if they’d like to build?

I’m thinking, down the road, when mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle downsize and move to town. If they decide to buy your condo, not thinking about the next of kin having to try and sell the condo, after they pass on. I’d bet they would have a hard time selling it. Then the major headache will have begun. The next of kin could be left holding the bag for who knows how long, because they couldn’t re-sell the condo. They couldn’t even wrap up the estate until that’s done. I would not buy your condo and burden down my kids. When people get older, they start downsizing and they don’t want 3.45 bedroom property. They want something smaller.

Then, I’m sure you have the yearly maintenance charge.

Creston has some beautiful places out by the hospital where when retired you can move to. If you have to build there, have you been thinking of maybe some other options? I’d rather see little cottages like Regency Park there. You’d come nearer re-selling those. Then the Taylor House, there you could keep it and hire a fulltime maintenance man for the cottages, and then he could live in the Taylor House.

How about some fun things for the community to enjoy? Put a huge miniature golf course there and they make some fabulous one’s that take up a lot of area. I know I’ve been there. Build a giant water slide. They make them fun and real tall. Also, a four-story frame and have bumper cars go to the top. Maybe an elite pavillion for all kinds of games, entertainment that all ages can enjoy.

I guess in closing if one would be in desperation erect a casino. All of the above would bring in lots of revenue. Creston used to be a rich town years ago. I’m for whatever brings people in. Maybe you need to ask the community their ideas and thoughts. The more ideas you get, maybe you’ll figure something out.

One last question — How many of the condos are spoken for? I’ll bet none.

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