We were dismayed to learn that the Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission has delayed its approval of the proposed plans for the new Grosse Pointe Woods library branch to be built on the grounds of Parcells School. The questions which the Planning Commission must decide seem straightforward. In insisting on its requirement that the library be yet another cookie-cutter Colonial style building, the commission has obviously lost sight of the fact that the new library will not only enlighten the minds of Grosse Pointe Woods residents with its contents, but can expand our artistic horizons and enhance the appearance of our community with its design. Why should every building in our landscape look the same?
It appears that the Grosse Pointe Library Board has responded to every request for additional information and has repeatedly adjusted its plans to more than accommodate the sometimes perplexing concerns of Woods officials. To delay approval of the new library over the issue of its architectural style, in view of the demonstrated need for this facility and the obvious advantage of financing such a project at a time when interest rates are so favorable, is a real disservice to the taxpayers of Grosse Pointe Woods. The Planning Commission's foot-dragging attitude and inability to make a decision should be cause for real concern, and raises serious questions regarding the ability of the members of the commission to effectively discharge their responsibilities.