Comment 31710

By Jonathan Dalton (registered) | Posted June 12, 2009 at 11:48:31

"but that just got them stuck in a 99 year lease, and a lot of space they cant fill! "

True. Perhaps I should clarify, I am suggesting a process to expropriate parking lots if and when a suitable use is found. The failed Education Centre proposal is a prime example. McMaster has a major building project which is ready to go, with its own financing, and there is plenty of underutilized land which suits there project. What is lacking is an expedient process by which they can aquire the land. This is the first time such a situation has arisen since I began following local developments. It highlights the inadequacy of our municipal structure to facilitate appropriate development. On the other hand, we are reminded almost daily of our inability to prohibit inappropriate development.

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