Toronto officials warn of potential battle over Ontario Place if city isn't consulted - 2019-05-28
Just ruling out a casino for provincially owned Ontario Place is not good enough for City of Toronto officials warning of another potential battle with the Premier Doug Ford government. Tourism Minister Michael Tibollo on Tuesday announced terms for a worldwide call for development proposals that, as the Star revealed Monday, cannot include a gaming palace.
"As part of the process, we will consider a broad range of ideas, from sports and entertainment landmarks, to public spaces and parks, recreational facilities and retail," Tibollo told reporters gathered at the former amusement park, shuttered in 2012 with grounds later reopened. The Ford government hired KPMG and Colliers International to invite redevelopment ideas from international developers. Proposals for the 155-acre site must include 7.5 acres of park — but not necessarily the internationally renowned $30 million Trillium Park opened in 2017. The leased site must require no operating funds from taxpayers. There is no requirement to keep it open to the general public.
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