Comment 53443

By arienc (registered) | Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:49:03

I'm more balanced in my view here...while ultimately West Harbour makes the most sense, it is not a perfect location. A great deal of improvements for pedestrian travel and to accomodate vehicular traffic would need to be made for WH to succeed. There's also the issue of the expectation of independent business to provide complementary uses nearby, and the single family residential component to that area. The biggest plus for WH is its proximity to Downtown.

Neither is Confederation Park a perfect location, although for some reason the Cats have made clear it's their #1 choice, and I believe that this site represents a better second choice for the city than any of the other sites under consideration. There are some real synergies with the existing uses of the park, and an opportunity to bring about significant development of this space as an event center for the city, combining nature, sports and recreation. However the physical separation from the city proper with the location of the highways and on-ramps are a significant drawback. A look at Google street view on Centennial shows how downright scary this area is at present - complete with no sidewalks and a broken stroller near the rail underpass! This area, like the West Harbour, has been cursed with an overabundance of neglect.

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