Mayor Lynn Peterson told the audience during the Mayor Debate held at
the Community Auditorium last Tuesday that the private developer will
be signing a deal with a hotelier within a week. Unfortunately for
Ms. Peterson, a week from last Tuesday is too late.
At the September 27 City Council meeting, the developers claimed they
were still in negotiations with the hotel company and with a little
luck, construction of the hotel will begin late spring, early summer
It is now one month later and all the members of council that
supported the sale of land within a public park to a private developer
are fighting for their political lives. A new council will likely be
less accommodating to our Manitoba friends so I would think it is in
their best interest to offer the incumbents as much support as
possible. If there was any chance of a hotelier stepping forward, Mr.
Bova and company should be standing in front of a camera reassuring
the city that all is well. No reason to panic.
The hotel is the keystone to the entire private sector portion of the
Prince Arthur’s Landing project As you know, the existing Waterfront
Development agreement stipulates that the construction of the
condominiums cannot begin before the start of construction of the
hotel. No hotel, no condos.
The silence that is emanating from Winnipeg speaks volumes. The fact
that it is happening during this election campaign only reinforces my
theory that the developers have moved on. I believe that the Bovas et
al have left their supporters to fend for themselves. Every person for
There is no hotel.
Expect a lawsuit from the Bovas shortly.