Thunder Bay – U-Haul Reconsiders Purchasing Eaton’s Building

Waterfront District BIA hopes for redevelopment of Eaton’s building

When word came down from U-Haul recently that it was no longer considering buying the former Eaton’s building, Jim Comuzzi was feeling mixed emotions.

On the one hand, the chair of the Waterfront District Business Improvement Area was thinking new ownership might have meant revitalization for the north core’s one-time anchor department store.

On the other hand, Comuzzi didn’t feel it was a good idea to use the building just for storage.

As it turned out, the property isn’t zoned for that type of use in any case.

City planning officials say it was designated “strategic core” in Thunder Bay’s official plan and is zoned Central Business District. – Tbnewswatch

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Art Gallery could have been located there.  Would have been a win for everyone.

  • The art gallery would have been located in an extremely high traffic area, amongst restaurants, cafes and shops.
  • A large underused building located in a extremely high traffic area amongst restaurants, cafes and shops would have been re-purposed, given a new life.
  • The downtown north core would have gained a facility that would draw people into that area patronizing the restaurants, cafes and shops.

The four saddest words: What might have been. ad of a downtown core is 

Putting the art gallery on the waterfront instead of using and/or expanding an existing building is criminal.  It was never even costed out as an option.  I will never forgive the municipal bureaucrats for this decision.

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  1. Jake Gittes
    Jake Gittes at | | Reply

    Anywhere I have ever been near one of those ‘storage wars’ locations they have been “dead zones’…I am glad the zoning killed it – it should have never been a consideration in the first place.

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