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[URBAN NOTE] “Is the Exhibition Place’s Hotel X back on track?”

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The Toronto Star‘s Ellen Brait reports on the latest in the struggle to build a hotel at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, between environmental concerns with the site and the financial concerns of the builders.

The construction of Exhibition Place’s Hotel X has been long, complicated, and riddled with problems. But those involved say they’re back on track.

“May is the target date. We’re making pretty good progress,” Owen Whelan, president of McKay-Cocker, the construction manager for the project, said. “I would say at this point we’re full speed ahead.”

But a number of liens still remain in place against the property. Liens are typically placed against properties as a means to keep a right of possession until a debt is paid.

Government records show five companies certified liens between Oct. 2016 and Dec. 2016 that are still in place. They range from around $89,000 up to $32-million. Multiplex Construction Canada Limited, the former construction manager of the project, took out the largest lien, at $32,573,260, on Oct. 19, 2016 and filed a second one for $17,618,739 on Nov. 28, 2016.

Jeffrey Burke, president of Lift All Crane Service Ltd., one of the companies with a lien against the property, said after Multiplex Construction Canada left the project, they left many companies “in the position where we had to put a lien on the project to ensure we were going to get paid.”

Written by Randy McDonald

February 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On the troubles with Hotel X at Exhibition Place

The Toronto Star‘s Alex Ballingall reports on the latest problems at Exhibition Place.

The already-delayed construction of a “cutting edge” resort at Exhibition Place was halted last month when the company that was building the complex placed a $32-million lien against the city-owned property, the Star has learned.

In an Oct. 25 email to the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, which includes five city councillors, Chief Executive Officer Dianne Young said she had informed the city’s legal department of the situation at the Hotel X, a project near the iconic Princes’ Gate that has been discussed since as early as 1999.

Young wrote that one week earlier—in mid October—Multiplex Construction Canada “suspended work on the Hotel X site” and took out liens against the property. Young said the owner of the Hotel X development subsequently hired a new builder “because of this action and the inability to move the project forward.”

Exhibition Place is a publicly-owned area that is run by a city-appointed board of governors, which can lease properties for business ventures with municipal approval. The Hotel X project was given the green light in December 2009, and was originally slated for completion in May 2015, according to a board report.

Government records show Multiplex certified a lien against the Hotel X property on Oct. 19 that is worth $32,573,260. Six more contractors took out liens in the following days, ranging from just over $20,000 to almost $5 million. Liens are typically placed against properties as a means to keep a right of possession until a debt is paid.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

[PHOTO] Princes’ Gates, final day of the CNE

Princes' Gates, final day of the CNE #toronto #cne #theex #princesgates #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2016 at 9:30 am

[PHOTO] Let’s go to the Ex (via the Princes’ Gates)!

Let's go to the Ex! #toronto #cne #theex #princesgate

This is surely one of the most imposing entryways in Toronto.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 6, 2016 at 1:07 am

[PHOTO] Eight Star Trek photos from the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto

I’ve just come back from my visit to the Canadian National Exhibition on its final day of operation. As those of you who were following my Instagram account know, I saw quite a few different things today. I made the decision to enter the Ex through the Princes’ Gates oN Strachan Avenue because that entrance was closest to Star Trek: “50 Artists. 50 Years.”, an exhibition of fan art.

It was not hard to find it.

Captains #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #archer #kirk #picard #locutus

Leonard Nimoy’s photographic work “Hand in Vulcan Gesture” featured prominently in the front of the exhibit.

"Hand in Vulcan Gesture" by Leonard Nimoy #toronto #cne #theex #spock #vulcan #leonardnimoy

I liked Joe Corroney’s Starfleet recruiting poster.

"It's Your Galaxy Too!" By Joe Corroney #startrek #joecorroney #toronto #cne #theex #vulcan #andorian #orion

Mick Cassidy’s “Risk Is Our Business” made good use of the conventions of the comic book.

"Risk Is Our Business" by Mick Cassidy #startrek #toronto #cne #theex #mickcassidy

Many of these works had a sense of humour to them.

"They're Dead, Jim" #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #annamariajung #capellans #horta #vaal #spores #nomad #tribbles #gorn #kelvans #ruk

"The Bridge", by Glen Brogan #toronto #cne #theex #startrek

I did a selfie in front of a painting of the TNG cast, making it a temporary profile picture on Facebook. Cutting off Pulaski was not intentional!

TNG Selfie #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #tng #me #selfie

Outside the exhibit, in the main hall of Exhibition Place, my attention was caught by this tribute in sculpted sand to the TOS crew.

Star Trek in sand #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #kirk #spock #mccoy #sand #sculpture

Written by Randy McDonald

September 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “CNE Youth Day in jeopardy after fights, crowds force shutdown”

CBC News reports on last night’s crying shame at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Youth Day could be scrapped at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) after a series of fights forced the popular event to abruptly shut down, setting off what some called “sheer chaos” in the crowds.

Virginia Ludy, the CNE’s general manager, said she was forced to shut down the event due to a dangerous “crowd dynamic,” among a few groups of teenagers in the midway area. Video of the fights show swarms of people surrounding the fighters, while others rush away from the scene.

Ludy said some 70,000 people were at the Exhibition grounds, a large area of downtown land near the city’s lake shore, so organizers who were monitoring the crowds had to power down rides and call in police around 9:30 p.m.

“You don’t want to create panic and you don’t want to create chaos,” Ludy told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

But, she said, organizers could not hesitate to close with patrons’ safety at risk.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 31, 2016 at 4:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “CNE touts ‘extremely aggressive’ waste-diversion”

This human-interest story in the Canadian National Exhibition, by the Toronto Star“s Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, interests me. I am going this year, I know. (Will I try the food? Maybe.)

Even the “greenest” fair in North America couldn’t avoid throwing out an estimated 300,000 kilograms of waste on its first weekend, according to the facility’s services coordinator.

Brian Dow said over 18 days, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Canadian National Exhibition collects about 1.8 million kilograms of waste. The CNE also boasts an “extremely aggressive” waste-diversion program designed to offset the fair’s environmental impact, said general manager Virginia Ludy.

And though CNE staff says they’ve diverted about 86 per cent of waste from landfills in the last decade, they’re still looking for ways to improve.

“There’s still 14 per cent to get better at and hopefully at some point in time, we’ll get to a complete 100 per cent diversion,” Ludy said.

Food waste is especially focused upon, with at least 111 vendors in the food building this year, 26 food trucks scheduled to arrive next weekend and about 1.6 million visitors — most of them hungry — to the fair.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm