Comment 27565

By jason (registered) | Posted November 28, 2008 at 14:52:37

Hey Bob, thanks for posting that info. Those renovation numbers are staggering. So basically the cost of renovating city hall BY the city ends up wasting about 50% of the money as opposed to if someone else owned it??

Wow.

I do think there is some merit in Sean's idea of a post-secondary (U of T etc...) locating at city hall. I guess I have a few thoughts on this:

  1. I HATE going to do something at the current hall-in-a-mall. It's so ugly and cheesy. I would be embarrassed to bring an out of towner with me and show them 'my city hall'.
  2. I LOVE the city hall building. Plain and simple. I think it's one of the greatest pieces of artwork this city has. I'd hate to see it ruined (like it currently is).
  3. City Hall needs to be a public gathering hotspot. Not just for rallies, but to have fun. Ice Skating, music events, festivals, cafes etc.... we can do all of that and more with the ample land at the current city hall. It would be impossible at City Centre Mall.
  4. LRT and some streetcalming on Main st would encourage city workers to walk the 3 minutes from city hall to Gore area once they are back in there. Now many of them don't because who among us with a choice would ever step foot on Main St??

I see your point financially, but have these other reservations about sticking city hall into an empty, underperforming, horribly-renovated mall.

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