Comment 83164

By jason (registered) | Posted November 24, 2012 at 09:22:13

This is one of the most stunning buildings in the city, in a perfect hood for new residential development as downtown's redevelopment slowly spreads east. There are two parks within a couple minute walk of this site. Pinky Lewis can easily be expanded without encroaching on this building. It's completely unnecessary.

And the 11th hour talk is bunk. I'm personally aware of 2 developers who approached the board back in the spring and summer to try to buy this, and were told 'it's not for sale'.

So far Morelli has helped kill the seniors condo project and restoration of historic church at Main and Balsam. Helped run out a school of naturopathy that wanted to locate in one of the empty schools in ward 3. Almost lost the Hamilton Guest House and Pearl Company. When does someone at city hall stand up to someone who is actively blocking development all through their ward? Meanwhile, crack-houses and flop houses are as plentiful as ever. Now we've got developers asking for months and months to buy this place but he wants another seniors centre?? And he wants one at the stadium?? But he blocked one at Main and Balsam?? Sounds to me like it has nothing to do with wanting a seniors centre and simply favouring certain people over others.

FYI, for those who don't know, here is the condo project that was denied at city hall. It's the top one called 'Main St condos':

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The developers were going to save the old church for a seniors centre, even though it's not designated. They are the same builders who saved the Strathcona firehall and added a seniors condo next to it. So, we denied seniors housing and seniors centre, and now want to look for other locations in the ward for both?? Ward 3, please elect a leader in 2 years. Enough is enough.

Comment edited by jason on 2012-11-24 10:55:33

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