I see that the Waterfront Development Office/Committee is holding an
open house down on the waterfront. The problem is that there is
nothing really to look at. The only thing that is remotely close to
being finished is Pier 2 and believe me, it isn’t that impressive. I
hope that they put price tags on all the features so the taxpayers can
see the value for money they are getting. Standing on the Viewing
Circle at the end of Pier 2, you will have a nice view of the CN
Station which has been leased to the developer for 60 plus years.
Using your imagination, you can visualize what the finished park will
look like. You must have a really good imagination because the
buildings and fountain/skating rink are just concrete foundations at
present. The rest of the area is a vast empty wasteland bordered by a
trench complete with piles of soil (contaminated?) . I hope the land
that is being sold to the developer is marked off so everyone can see
what is being sold for just over $500,000. The big dig has yet to
start. The chance to see a $1.1M plus hole in the ground alone would
have been worth the trip down to the park.
The question that must be asked is why are they having an open house
when there is so little to see? This open house could have been held
any day over the last month. There has been very little progress over
that period of time. Nothing that is worth looking at anyway. It is
obvious that this waterfront development has become an election issue
and I sense fear and desperation on the part of the incumbents and
Administration. The public is angry and starting to ask questions. I
believe that the Waterfront Development has secrets that cannot become
public and a new mayor and new councilors are unknown quantities. The
last thing Administration wants is a changing of the guard in City
Hall. Fear and desperation. The Waterfront Development open house
wreaks of it.
This brings me to the hotel. I believe the announcement by Mr. Bova is
overdue. “I sincerely believe that with some luck we could be very
well in position to start building the hotel in six to seven months,
he is quoted saying back on September 27. Its interesting that the
entire $60M private portion of this development hinges on “some luck”.
City Council seemed to be reassured by that statement but it scares
me a lot. There is more going on here than we are being told. I think
its time for the developers to show their hand. We have paid $1.1M
plus for the right to see it. So Mr. Bova, where is the hotel?
While we wait for his reply, we can discuss the invisible new
Waterfront Development Agreement that is hovering around in the
background. Evidently, it has not been signed. Until it is signed, the
public will not know what it includes. Why is a new agreement
necessary? The developer, with the blessing of our City Council, has
eliminated almost every development feature that was required of them.
So what is left? Well, the hotel is left. Without a hotel, the
developer cannot build any condominiums. That is still in the
agreement. The old agreement that is. Is it possible that the new
agreement defers that requirement? Mr. Bova may ask to have the hotel
requirement placed on the backburner until he can find someone stupid
enough to finance it. In the meantime, he can start selling those
condos and making money. That is, after all, why he got involved in
this development in the first place. To make lots of money. With the
City of Thunder Bay paying for everything he needs to get started, his
chances are good. You must remember. The developer has not paid the
City of Thunder Bay anything yet.
We deserve to know the truth about the hotel. None of this “ongoing
negotiation with the hotelier” crap. I believe there never was a
hotel. Three hotel companies came by this summer, had a look and said
no thanks. Banks took a look and said no thanks. The City of Thunder
Bay needs to tell Mr. Bova to poop or get off the pot. If there is no
hotel, then its ova Mr Bova. Time for you to go away.