Comment 54124

By CaptainKirk (anonymous) | Posted December 31, 2010 at 01:55:53

Here are some coments made by Craven to the SPEC:

From the article found at ... f-scrutiny

Craven, who represents the area, said the industrial and commercial zoning applies to the property except for a 25-acre piece that could accommodate a 9,000-seat hockey arena.

“These are employment lands. This land was set aside to create employment opportunities for people in Burlington. We want to be careful here to ensure whatever goes on that property creates economic opportunities for the people of Burlington and in particular the people of the west end....

...But the need to find the right development for those lands has created some hesitancy among Craven’s colleagues about supporting a stadium on the site.

Burlington Councillor Marianne Meed Ward believes the property could attract a number of high technology-related employers.

But the biggest hurdle in the stadium bid appears to be time. Ian Troop, the chief executive officer of HostCo, the Pan Am organizing committee, wants the stadium location determined by Feb. 1.

And several Burlington councillors, including Meed Ward, Jack Dennison and John Taylor, suggest the city would require six months to study the matter rather than three weeks.

The timing also means that Burlington councillors would have no time to seek constituent input.

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