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Since the Hotel is clearly fatter now shouldn't it be holding more rooms? Orginial plan calls for 130 rooms and still with this bigger hotel it's still 130 rooms. Perhaps office space or bigger rooms now?
wow...so if they do this properly, Hess Village literally could be expanded right down George (at least on the south side) to Bay St.
One thing that bugs me is how we're still losing these valuable properties that could be high density. There were plans for a 20 storey condo at Main/Hess where the parking garage/shoppers/LCBO is going. There were also plans for an 18 storey condo at Hess/King where the concert hall is going...now, I'm pumped that it's a concert hall so that one I don't mind. But we need to add higher density residential in these empty lots downtown. At least the parking on King William will have a few floors of condos above it.
I heard the core area is protected against new parking lots, but what constitutes the core? Bay to Catharine? I wouldn't be surprised if this lot falls just outside the protected area. Maybe, since the rest of the lot is already parking, the HMP site gets an exemption? Either way it's sick. The city needs to jack the taxes on these lots.
ya, it's all about taxation. if downtown properties were taxed appropriately, a parking lot wouldn't be affordable. something of value would have to be built in order to make any serious money. the city needs to be creative and implement a system of land value taxation. for the hmp site, the value of the land would stay the same [high] regardless of what stands on it.
^ This is a point that I have been making forever. If the bums that own the lots can't pay taxes on the increased rates the city can scoop the properties up and sell them to developers with real plans or operate them as municipal lots making money until an interested developer comes along. Downtown's problems really stem from a lack of intervention on the city's behalf. It is hard to say if the origins of this are rooted in laziness, ignorance, or incompetence. Likely all of the above.