Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James) voted in favour of the increased funding and told 680 CJOB that while procedures could’ve been handled better, it’s important to look at the big picture.
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“You never like to be at the 11th hour, trying to make decisions and adjustments on the fly, but nonetheless, that’s where we found ourselves,” he said.
“The question is, do we make a decision — do we do the best that we can in that moment? I believe that we ultimately did.”
Starlight says there’s still more negotiation to be done but this is a step in the right direction.
The developer plans to add more than 500 rental suites, community spaces, a pedestrian walkway and a downtown grocery store to the beleaguered mall.Starlight has asked the city, province and federal government for help in the form of $20 million each over a five-year construction schedule — money it says is needed to shore up a $60 million funding gap.
Starlight Investments’ Josh Kaufman says speaking to the community is vital to shaping the project
Starlight Investments’ Josh Kaufman says speaking to the community is vital to shaping the project – Dec 19, 2019