Comment 16853

By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted January 08, 2008 at 10:04:35

Council just voted not to lease space in the Lister. LIUNA surely would have known that lease rates at $37 would likely cause the deal to be de-railed. If LIUNA was being greedy then in a couple of weeks we should hear them say that they could do the deal at a lower lease rate to restart the project. If LIUNA doesn't say anything, then that means they were telling the truth.

Council did the right thing dropping the lease on this deal and the only person obstructing progress is McHattie. Had he not gone crying to the province a replica (or something else) could be under construction now, instead of this "heritage building".

Also, I agree that LIUNA should sell the building if someone else comes along, but this new developer may not use LIUNA union members in the new construction. Perhaps that is a factor in LIUNA not selling? Just a thought.

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