By Jason Leach
Published September 10, 2009
This is just brutal:
The city is recommending the historic Royal Connaught be redeveloped for affordable housing.
The hotel's owners are seeking more than $18 million in government assistance for the $27-million mixed-use project that would feature 100 units with rents 20 per cent below market value, another 106 market-rate units and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.
We're going to locate still more poor people downtown as a way of "revitalizing" it? Do any of these guys know the term ghettoization?
Listen to Tony Battaglia, spokesperson for the Grand Connaught Development Group: "Downtown cores are made for all kinds of people." What a joke. If he really believes that he should be developing this project into condos so we really can get "all kinds of people" living downtown.
He just wants to take government money and dump more poor folks downtown to keep the core in its less than stellar state. The last thing government money should be used for is a massive project that will inject a huge group of more poor people downtown.
Check out the retail spaces in the Spallacci building: brutal. That's how the Connaught will probably end up looking.