This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Vancouver casino project would likely hurt fortunes of area businesses
I apologize for the delay today in posting this weeks column, but with two sick kiddies on the couch today, my time has been limited.
This week, Brent and I battle over the new Paragon proposal for an ‘urban resort’. Where do you stand on this issue, or does it matter to you at all?
The winner of last week’s duel on LNG exploration was Laila Yuile with 54%.
This week’s topic:
Should Vancouver city council approve the newly proposed ‘urban resort’ with casino near BC Place?
With the announcement that Paragon Gaming and partners are putting forth a new proposal for an “urban resort” in Vancouver, everything old is new again. Following the defeat of its earlier proposal to build a mega-casino near BC Place stadium, Paragon has come back to the table with a concept that would occupy several blocks. Included in the plan are two hotels, conference space and a relocation of the Edgewater Casino, along with an array of shops, restaurants and services.
When I think back to the 1990s and the attempt by Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn to build an urban, high-end casino and convention centre — complete with two cruise ship berths — it does indeed seem like everything old is new again. That proposal was similar in many ways to the current Paragon Gaming project.
Wynn’s failed project was called Seaport Centre and it promised a thousand hotel rooms in addition to the convention centre, cruise ship berths and casino. Interestingly enough, Wynn’s partner in that proposal was none other than Concert Properties, run by David Podmore. Yes, the same David Podmore who resigned as chair of BC Pavilion Corporation, which just happens to own the land that Paragon’s proposed “urban resort” would be building on if approved.
Vancouver said no to Wynn and Podmore back in the 1990s, backed by a strong grassroots message. Vancouver also said no to Paragon’s first attempt at installing a mega-casino complex in Vancouver in 2011. I strongly feel Vancouver city council should say no to Paragon’s new “urban resort” proposal as well….
READ the rest of this weeks column, and vote for who you think should win this weeks duel at: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/09/29/vancouver-casino-project-would-likely-hurt-fortunes-of-area-businesses