Comment 47677

By jason (registered) | Posted September 14, 2010 at 10:02:17

I gotta say, I think this is best compromise site so far. A few points:

  1. We own the WH lands and are going to move forward there. Frank Gehry's people were quite clear about the fact that they'd prefer no stadium down there so they can design a huge signature building. City building at the WH is going to move ahead regardless, and that's great.

  2. This is city building in a new area. We are now going to reclaim over 50 acres of industrial land. That's huge IMO.

  3. Don't think Ivor Wynne when you think of a stadium going there. This will be a modern stadium with amenities around it and will tie into the urban amenities being developed at MIP. Think restaurants, patios, some retail etc..... modern stadium districts done right are fantastic. We won't be plopping a set of bleachers aka Ivor Wynee or BMO Field into this area.

  4. It is right on the #6 Aberdeen bus line, less than a 10 minute walk from the Main St corridor with it's many transit lines and future LRT and less than 10 mintues from the #7 line. Not to mention, it is accessible by foot and bike for urban residents and by the Chedoke Stairs for west mountain residents. It's a 15 minute walk to King and Marion in Westdale and Locke and Charlton. This site is far superior than Conf Park, EM or Lafarge and it actually brings more land into the MIP area instead of taking away land.

It may not be perfect, but it still has many of the aspects of urban reclamation and city building that we desire.

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