However, the city will have to wait a bit longer to find out who the hotelier is.
Joe Bova, owner of Man Shield Construction, told city council in May that an announcement would happen by September.
But city manager Tim Commisso said it looks like November now.
“We should be in a position, from the latest information I have, to see something happen in November with respect to the announcement.
“I have regular discussions with the hotel, and from the perspective of the hotel, everything is in place.”
Meanwhile, Commisso said, the sales office for the condominiums is being built, and the land sale will happen over the next couple of weeks. Condos sales will start in mid-October.
The city will also begin seeking submissions in the next few weeks from not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations for the lease of space in the Baggage Building Arts Centre, as well as from businesses interested in seasonal space in the Pond Pavilion. – Chronicle Journal September 29, 2011
The full Chronicle Journal Article can be found here
If this trailer is the site of the future condominium sales office that is mentioned in the above article, does it it qualify as “construction”? Its location is next to the new pumping station built on highly contaminated land south of the Prince Arthur’s Landing project.
Also, the consortium of developers came before Thunder Bay City Council last spring and asked for early access to the CN Train Station as they wished to use it for their condo sales office. Starting at the end of June 2011, the building would be renovated, money spent, labour hired to do the work. This is much, much less than promised. Once again, the developers talk the talk, but fail to walk the walk.
Mr. Commisso seems to have an undying faith in the word of the development consortium. He has to. The alternative for him is very scary. In for 6 billion pennies, in for a pound they say.
I have to ask Mr. Commisso and other staunch hotel supporters on council just one question: What has the development consortium done to earn this giant leap of faith? As far as I know, they have reneged on most if not all of their commitments to this project. They have refused to be specific on any issue dealing with the hotel. Every deadline the developers have set have come and gone with no progress what so ever. When a developer looking to sell expensive condos gets publicity shy, warning bells need to be going off. Its just not natural.
Its unnerving to see the person who’s job it is to run this city put up so much taxpayers money with absolutely no written guarantee that there will be any financial reciprocation by the private developer.
Faith belongs in church. This is business.