Would you invest YOUR money in a restaurant or business located in the “perimeter of the building”? Try walking into your bank with that business plan and see what they say.How they didn’t implement any retail or restaurants at all along the entire perimeter of the building is inexcusable. Just piss poor planning and foresight. Even if the area can’t fully support it on opening day, it should have been built regardless and could sit vacant until the area becomes a little more complete.
There should have been a restaurant with patio somewhere under the giant arm and another one closer to 17th and Weadickville. Throw in a couple small CRU’s and boom. How no one has ever thought to open a proper BBQ restaurant or upscale steakhouse inside the actual Syampede grounds is beyond me!
Well, given we were all forced to invest our money into this convention centre, a business with questionable financial returns, why not go whole hog and design a facility that will also help achieve some other municipal objectives? This post is from earlier in the thread (page 9) and it did contain a link to an article in the Herald where Mayor Nenshi was opposed to funding an expansion of the Telus Convention Centre for this exact reason, however the article doesn't seem to be available from the Herald any longer.What's even more frustrating is, in 2013, Mayor Nenshi seemed to agree with these columns..... From a November 12, 2013 Calgary Herald Article:
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I guess it is different when CMLC asks for it.......
Today? No I wouldn't, not with the arena in limbo and not enough concrete plans and development for the area. As I stated above though, if they set aside some space for a restaurant closer to 17th ave and the c-train and another spot closer to the future arena, and they properly execute a true destination vision for the area, then yes I would invest in it absolutely.Would you invest YOUR money in a restaurant or business located in the “perimeter of the building”? Try walking into your bank with that business plan and see what they say.