We cannot let MISA languish

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The 17th-Century poet William Congreave once wrote, “Musick has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”

His predecessor, William Shakespeare, also recognized the value of venues that allow the spirit to be uplifted when he wrote, “The play’s the thing …” and concluded his masterful Macbeth with the line, “Play on MacDuff.”

The Greenwich community, in its wisdom, affirmed the poets’ beliefs by approving the MISA project for the construction of a first-rate edifice to allow instruction and staging for the performing arts. Granted, the project has been delayed by soil contamination issues and, in the ensuing pause, costs have risen. Now support for MISA is faltering.

We, as responsible citizens of a first-rate community, cannot let this project languish and watch as estimates continue to mount. We needn’t be profligate, but we owe it to ourselves and our children to forge ahead with MISA construction.

The project has been approved. Delay will only increase costs. Dallying is an unwise and expensive option.

When I moved to Greenwich nearly 40 years ago, I considered an array of agreeable housing possibilities all priced well under $100,000. This memory seems incredible now, but many of the dwellings are still comfortably perched on their lots, externally unchanged. What has altered dramatically is their market price. The house we bought then sold last year for 22 times what we paid for it.

Apply this analogy to the MISA project. It has been approved and can be built now for about $37 million, admittedly a high price, but imagine what it will cost if we allow financial filibustering to continue procrastinating about construction.

“Let us now be up and doing,” as the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow urged more than a century ago.

 

Susan Mulvey Rattray
Cos Cob

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