Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr just sent a detailed email to RTH in response to an earlier request for comments about the Ivor Wynne Stadium proposal. We sent several questions and he was kind enough to answer each in turn.
Raise the Hammer: What do you think of this proposal?
Jason Farr: I have always been a strong proponent of these games and the legacy. Also, I have clearly supported the importance of our 141-year-old professional football franchise and the measurable and immeasurable benefits the Tiger-Cats bring to this community (national image, over 1200 community visits last year, thousands of dollars to charity, inspiration to our youth, etc. - to these points, even they know they have some repairing to do in Ticat Nation).
So far, it appears to be the only option the Ticats will entertain. With that, I do think this proposal, at this time, is our best option to keep a major Pan Am legacy project alive in the Hammer.
With this plan:
And, should this motion pass tomorrow, I look forward to moving on to other more very pressing issues in the heart of our great city.
RTH: Does it fulfill the City's community building objectives?
JF: I do not believe it will hurt.
RTH: Will it leave enough money either to remediate the Barton-Tiffany property or upgrade the Velodrome to a permanent, high-performance facility?
JF: It would be great to see both (certainly I am sure that is what many of the RTH readers would like to see come to fruition) but let's first focus on tomorrow's (Wed. Jan 12 Council) motion.
I do intend on speaking to the WH issue (to be clear I favoured Setting Sail from the start of the campaign).
Last month I was encouraged to find one million dollars added to the total cost to date on the WH city purchased lands. The million is slated for demolition of the property that now sits vacant and is not only an eyesore, but serves as a reminder of a fouled up process (all parties sharing blame).
Upon being elected, one of my first questions to our senior managers was, "How soon can we tear down and prepare ground at WH?"
A large scale stadium would have been terrific at your site. Unfortunately, my commitment to SS and the reluctance of Hamilton's only legacy tenant to play there has been its only two down-sides (in my view).
While it is impossible to make everyone content on any one issue - this is important - I feel very strongly about getting the WH ready (hopefully with a commitment of monies as it relates to the IWS deal) for a very bright future in an extremely important, and soon to be very impressive, neighbourhood of ward 2.
RTH: Do you think Toronto 2015 will accept this as a legacy for the Pan Am funding?
JF: I am confident they will.
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