Comment 46707

By Henry and Joe (anonymous) | Posted August 30, 2010 at 14:20:21

I'm trying to keep an open mind, but I have a very bad feeling about this Longwood idea. I thought location was already studied and rejected. I don't see how this helps our ability to maximize the commercial development side of these lands. Bob Young said he wanted a stadium district, which sounds like a retail area to me. That idea was already opposed when Trinity tried to build a boxstore mall in the area. It doesn't help the city with its GO Train plans, although it would be near LRT. We have to keep in mind that LRT plans are less tangible than the GO expansion. I see the involvement of McMaster to the 3 current partisan groups of the city, Hostco and Tiger-Cats as a serious impediment to getting a deal under tight timelines. I have no idea how far along their plans are for MIP, and if they are at all flexible. I would love to see a MAC presence downtown, but historically, they have been all talk and no action on the issue. At the end of the day, I am not willing to bend over backwards to try and satisfy the Ti-cats. MIP will develop on its own, so unless there is some truly innovative plan to make this work, I'm not on board. If WH doesn't get built because Hostco doesn't feel that we have the necessary legacy tenant(s), I will be disappointed, but I will be able to sleep at night. The WH is still the right choice for the city, and if it dies because other parties couldn't see the potential, then I can live with that.

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