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Rana, thank you for forwarding me a copy of your report on the meeting this morning. As you know, I could not attend as I was down at the other end of the building attending to Entertainment Club business.
First of all, why must the residents of SCA subsidize a new restaurant which is, in fact, a private enterprise? My family has had rental property for generations and never once have we paid for anything going into the buildings. The lessee made any additions needed for their business and we were responsible for the 4 walls, roof and foundation. They were also responsible for all utilities and licenses associated with their business, including 2 tenants that required liquor licenses.
Residents have voted on several occasions we did not want a restaurant especially if we had to pay for any of it. Already this year our annual assessment has been increased. I don’t know if the BOD or management is aware that almost all of the residents are on a fixed income…..some more fixed then others. A good many of us have the major part of our retirement invested in our homes. It may come out to around $14 per home but to some people that may mean paying the extra or doing without a medication.
We also voted previously not to have gaming because of the element it would bring to SCA and the fact it would be very expensive to close off the rest of Anthem Center to the public.
Regarding exclusive catering. This is the worst idea I have heard. I know nothing about other clubs and can only speak as President of the Entertainment Club. We have an annual holiday show/dinner in December. If we are not able to choose our own caterer we would have to consider holding this event off campus. We want the freedom to choose our own menu from any catering service available, not be chained to a restaurant that may or may not have good food or service and that would charge us such an high price we would not be able to afford it. We have been able to keep costs low for the members of the Club and residents of SCA. In addition, we hold a Meet & Greet after every show and serve refreshments. Our audience is extremely pleased with this gesture which we cannot afford to have catered. The members of the Club take care of supplying the refreshments.
We have had 5 restaurants here in the 15 years since I bought my house. None have been successful and all have drained residents of a great deal of money. The residents will not support a restaurant here as there are too many other places just minutes down the road that we frequent on a regular basis. And, you will not be able to attract patrons from other parts of the valley. Your sole customer base is right here.
I understand that the attendees at today’s meeting seemed to be in agreement we should have a restaurant. That is an extremely small number compared to the 12,000 or so residents in the 7100 homes in SCA. No action whatsoever should be taken until a survey is sent to every home which should include what kind of restaurant they might want if everyone agrees.
President, Entertainment Club