By Sean Burak
Published January 17, 2014
I hope Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr can do some digging in regards to the closure - and future - of Delta Bingo at 45 King Street East, the site of the old Kresge's.
45 King Street East (RTH file photo)
Specifically, I am eager to see our Council do whatever it can to ensure that the future use of this building is appropriate for downtown - i.e. not another Bingo hall.
The word on the street is that another gaming operator could move in with little fanfare and create an electronic slot machine warehouse without going through any specific zoning requests or operator applications.
This is akin to us having a mini-casino delivered to our core without any public consultation.
Despite the (rather paltry) kickbacks received by local charities, Delta Bingo is widely regarded as one of the biggest detriments to King Street development, both in a physical building sense and in a downtown image sense.
By being proactive in driving positive change at that location, Councillor Farr can continue to build a great legacy for downtown, which started when he persuaded Council to take a stand against destructive property speculation at 18-28 King Street East.
18-28 King Street East (RTH file photo)
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