The chairman of the Rockville Community Alliance's Skate Park Organizing Committee - who happens to be a Town Council Member - posed what is arguably a very interesting question on Monday.
Why not Amerbelle?
For a skate park.
"If we have to bond for the demolition, why not see how much it would cost for a park on a portion of the land - and make a skate park part of that project," Thomas DiDio said. "We can use part of it for economic development and then why not see it we can turn a portion of it into a park."
DiDio said it all is very preliminary. After a consortium of town officials - led by Mayor George Apel - said that major portions of the 250,000-square-foot campus at 104 East Main St. were unsafe, the council approved $75,000 to winterize the property.
Demolition was recommended by town officials. There is a movement among some townsfolk to attempt to save the buildings.
"We're not ready to go to the council with anything, but it is worth discussing through the committee," he said.
DiDio announced two major developments with the committee - a meeting with Town Administrator John Ward in which non-profit status, grants, costs, low-cost designs, insurance issues and possible locations were discussed.
"We had a very open discussion," DiDio said.
Local Lawyer Martin Burke has offered to do the legal work for the non-profit status for free, DiDio said.
The committee is still trying to finalize plans fora potential "Skate Park" Day at Northeast School on Oct. 27.