That was a wonderful article about the work behind the completion of the Mustard Seed Village, and I’d like to add a few more details regarding this new home for elders on the KP. (“After 16 Years of Work, Assisted Living for Elders Comes to the Key Peninsula,” December 2022.)
This is the first new building in Key Center since the post office was built almost 20 years ago, and only the second new building in 30 years — kind of a slow boom. (I’m not counting the conversion of Walt’s into the Peninsula Market).
With the opening of the Mustard Seed Village, the population of Key Center will increase by 250% (a much faster boom)! It will be one of the largest employers on the KP, and probably one of the most expensive projects built out here as well.
But we can’t stop there.
Where is our optometrist, where is our physical therapist, our bakery? How can we be a boom town without a gas station? (Or maybe go green and put in an EV recharging station!) Where is our sewer system? That would double the usable space in Key Center by getting rid of individual drain fields. That could allow more businesses in the same space, or possibly a park in beautiful downtown Key Center.
But for now, we should take a moment to appreciate what has been done by our community that is needed and unique, and reported on so well by our local newspaper. And that is the most important thing we are doing here — building and nurturing a community.
Bill Roes, M.D.
The Mustard Seed Project
Board President (2006-2012)
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