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Holistic Comprehensive Vision - People's Priorities
Aerial View of Markham Live
Creates new ground level, eliminates the East West divide Parking Infrastructure for 14-18,000 parking spaces
Orthogonal Street System creates a superior public realm and walkable streets for Markham City Center
Markham Center Planning Considerations, Site Plan and Urban Design Issues
1. Holistic Comprehensive Planning – Area to be included a. North and South Side of 407 Highway b. Update Markham Center Secondary Plan c. Visioning Exercise – Urban Renewal Engine Markham Live Vision Includes: a. 100 acre Satellite University Campus for one of the following: i. Ryerson University IV. University of Toronto ii. University of Waterloo V. University of Western Ontario iii. Queens University VI Master University b. World Class Markham International Sports Training Academy for the GTA c. Performing Arts Center d. National Hockey League (20,000 seats) Arena e. World Class Integrated Metrolinx Hub f. 3,000-4,000 Convention Center and 5 Star Hotels g. Up to 2,000,000 square feet of World Class Retail in and around the Hub h. Multi-media Entertainment Center (Casino) i. Class A Office Buildings will happen because of express rail j. High Quality TDD Residential Living because focus is on creating a great place k. Underground Parking - Every building should provide their own parking Urban Design Issues - holistic comprehensive planning should be done, not piecemeal a. 407 Transitway Alignment needs to be moved on either side of 407 highway b. GTA Sports Center needs to be sited east/west along 407 Hwy and south side of Markham Live Street c. Roads Issues – Orthogonal road system is superior and creates best the public realm i. Markham Live – goes over top of the tracks and direct connects Kennedy Road to Birchmount Ave ii. Enterprise Drive – connection to Town Center/York Tech – a must – could be a roundabout iii. Enterprise Drive – Simcoe Promenade – ensure traffic goes both ways iv. YMCA – Enterprise Drive – ensure it is going over the tracks v. Miller Avenue - needed only for NHL Arena vi. Roundabout – connecting Enterprise/YMCA Blvd to Warden Avenue vii. VIVA should be in mixed traffic in the Markham City Center
GTA Sports Center (NHL size Arena) - The Remington/Quadrangle Plan
Remington Downtown Vision – City of Markham needs an update Official Plan
Remington. Quadrangle Markham Downtown Vision:
I asked the Mayor what his vision for Markham City Center and so far he has yet to answer. Is it Markham Live? The Mayor believes that the GTA Sports Center (NHL sized Arena) will be the catalyst that drives Markham’s future economic development. I believe it is a good addition but will not drive the Mayor’s expected economic goals. The Markham Live vision belongs to the people of Markham not just the Mayor. It would be appropriate if Markham undertakes a “visioning session” to see what the people’s priorities are. Planning by section 37 for one building and letting the rest of the development happen around it is very dangerous and ill conceived. It appears this is what Remington would like to see happen in the Markham Centre. The people of Markham should be involved in finalizing the Markham Live vision and the city produces the revised secondary plan before proceeding with the GTA NHL Arena because Remington and the City had 22 months to produce this plan. The last 15 years, the developers, the planning department and OMB have gutted the original 1994 Duany Markham Center Plan, by removing roads, connectivity and ignoring city center urban design. The City will have to update the official plan to accommodate Remington’s additional 4,000 to 5,000 units, plus the development that is going to happen in the surrounding area. This should be addressed before GTA Site plan was submitted and in conjunction with Markham Live, East Precinct and lands situated in the hydro corridor on the south side of the 407 Highway. The MTO and Environment Ministers said they would consider moving the 407 Transitway Alignments once Council approves an updated Markham Center Official Plan. The 407 transitway alignment that we are protecting for sterilizing the lands in and around the Metrolinx Hub, and is estimated to be an additional two hundred million dollars to construct. There is a 95% probability that this alignment will never be built. The Mayor and senior staff have made no progress in the last 22 months to resolve these critical transitway and road/TRCA issues. Unfortunately, members of council were not privy to what was being discussed in all the private meetings between the mayor, senior staff, Remington and GTA Sports Center. An argument could be made that the CAO and Mayor disenfranchise members of council with these 22 months of private negotiations. Need an Official Plan Amendment before proceeding with the GTA Sports Center site plan. Based on what is going on in the east and west precinct, an OPA update definitely needs to be done. The City Senior Management had over 22 months to make this happen. In the private sector, this would be considered incompetent management.
Calthorpe/Adamson Plan – People Place/Great Public Realm
Aerial view of Markham Center - Markham Live is approximately 100 acres on the north side of 407 Highway and 100+ acres on the south side of 407 Highway. Satellite University campus will straddle both sides of the 407 Highway. Arena facing east/west is much better urbanism. Orthogonal system is best.
Remington Proposed Site Plan. – Smart Center with big block and boxes with residential Density
GTA Sport Centre sited arena north south to averted 407 Transitway Alignment – in doing so, creates a unfriendly 800’ block
Creates a big block – like walking around a Wal-Mart Store
Saves $ 200 million to construct and doesn’t sterilize ML site
Proposed GTA Sports Centre arena footprint fits perfectly facing east/west providing the 407 transitway alignment is moved just north of the 407 Highway. It is a solid financial/technical solution for Metrolinx and Markham Live. It saves taxpayers $200,000,000 and allows the best land use by employing the site optimization strategy to go over the GO-Transit tracks.
Calthorne and Adamson Concept – People Place, Walkable Streets and Great Public Realm
Markham Live is the most exciting planning concept to happen for Markham and if implemented properly, it will not only provide tremendous economic growth, but will be a catalyst to solve many big picture issues if we approach everything in a comprehensive holistic fashion. Markham Lives’ economic power is seamless integration of functions, streets and buildings. 1) I-METRO-E/W is a rapid express subway like service from Georgetown to Stouffville covering over 40+ station stop along this 95 kilometer route. Markham Live serve approximately 5 million people daily by express rail transit 2) 100 acres satellite university campus covering both the north and south side of the 407 Highway centered on a World Class Metrolinx Hub. Not often we have such an opportunity to reWealth an area like the 407 Hydro Corridor. 3) Markham International Sports Training Academy adjacent next door to the proposed university campus 4) GTA Sports Center 20,000 seat arena just a few steps from the Metrolinx hub 5) Proposed (3,000-4,000 seating) convention and multimedia entertainment Center with 5 star hotels. 6) 2,000,000 square feet World Class Retail at and around the Metrolinx Hub 7) Class A Office building will come because of creating a great place and express rail transit 8) High quality condos just a few steps away from all the action and the transit hub
Without the people’s vision nothing will happen as the public won’t buy in to it
Option 1 - $325,000,000 - Tunneled- YMCA Blvd
Option 2 above grade - $125,000,000 – north side of 407 Highway
Difference between MTO Option 1 and MTO Frontage Street Option 2 is $200,000,000. Option 1 sterilizes the site for many years, eliminates the option of putting Markham Live Street straight through to Birchmount Road which would improve traffic and pedestrian circulation. No big deal said the Project Manager for the 407 Transitway; it is just $200 million more. The obvious conclusion is the Ontario Government has lots of money, therefore no concerns about costs.
P ro p o se d P arkl an d Exch an ge an d GTA NHL Are n Lo cati o n a
Parkland Swap: Simcoe Promenade is reverting back to a road. Should Remington have been given credit for parkland for a dedicated VIVA BRT bus way on top of the York Durham sewer pipe in the first place? We should be extending Simcoe Promenade/New Enterprise to Warden Avenue and therefore reversing another 1.26 hectares of parkland credits. The best road engineering solution it appears is to put in a roundabout where YMCA/Main Street (old Enterprise) and Simcoe Promenade/New Enterprise meet. Proposed Parkland Exchange • Additional parkland dedications may be required from Remington in the event densities increase as a result of future applications and/or recommendations resulting from the mobility hub study. • Parkland dedications may be in the form of land, if available, or cash in lieu. • Remington to provide 2.4 ha (6.0 acres) +/- to Markham for sports facility of which 0.6 ha (1.5 acres) be developed as Arena Public Square. • In exchange: – Markham parkland to be released 1.82 ha (4.5 acres): – Markham to release Block P11 – 1.01 ha (2.5 acres) – Markham to release 50% of Blocks P6, P7 & P8 (combined 0.81 ha – 2.0 acres), with the balance to remain with a component of VIVA dedicated rapid way. • (Needs to be two way traffic – reclaim other 50% - 2.0 more acres • Need two way traffic – VIVA BRT – Birchmount to Warden - 2.0aacres Remington Cash in Lieu - Agreement with the City - $ 880,000 an acre Developer Group Agreement -Charging other landowners -$1,500,000 an acre Municipal Capital Facility - Need to connect Enterprise/Simcoe Promenade to Warden – release an 1.26 ha for Markham Why are we giving parkland credit for Bus Rapid Ways and GTA Arena Building?
Markham Live – 4.45 hectares (10.45 Acres) and includes 3,000 parking spaces for public use
1. 2. 3. 6.00 acres - NHL Area 1.00 acres - Event Plaza 3.45 acres - Hub with University Classroom/Office towers/residential/Residence
2/40 Residential Towers with 1200 parking spaces MISTA with 2,800 parking underground spaces
University Hub Twin Towers with 1,500 parking spaces NHL Arena and Event Plaza with 2,100 parking spaces
Markham Live – 11.57 hectares (28.60 Acres) and includes 7,2000 parking spaces for public use
1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 6.0 acres - NHL Area 1.0 acres - Event Plaza 5.0 acres - Hub with mixed use University twin 20 Classroom/ Office and 20 stories of residents/residential 8.6acres - MISTA (Markham International Sports Training Academy 4.0 acres- Two Residential Towers – 40-50 stories 4.0 acres- Markham Live Street and Frontal Street
GTA NHL Arena Site - North/South - 800' block - No concern for the public realm
Markham Live Ave NHL Arena-1
North South Arena Alignment - 2.4ha: Current site plan impacts pedestrian and traffic circulation. Remington’s Downtown Markham
Center is evolving to nothing more than a smart center and punctuated with hi-rise residential. Locating the NHL arena at Birchmount gives easy access to parking in the hydro corridor.
GTA NHL Arena Site – East/West - 800' Block – Put the long block to buffer out the 407 Highway
Markham Live Street MISTA
Hub and two University towers & Retail NHL
East-West Alignment 4.47 ha: GTA Arena goes from the ditch to the GO-Transit tracks with twin university towers straddling the Metrolinx Hub. This will allow Markham/Go-Transit to put the 5,000-6,000 parking spaces under the arena, hub and MISTA and nicely buffering out the 407 Highway. Markham Live Street will go over the tracks incorporating Adamson’s concepts in their site optimization study.
Connect Enterprise Drive to Town Center – 384 meters long - Costs $10,500,000
Town Center / York Tech to Enterprise Dr.
This extension completes 6 kilometer of road connecting McCown Road to Woodbine Avenue. This gives the residents an alternative to Highways 7 and more connectivity options.
Miller Avenue – Approximately 4.5 kilometers Long – Costs $80,000,000 +
Miller Avenue – will eventually connect Kennedy Road to Woodbine Avenue through the 407 Hydro Corridors. Miller Avenue is needed for parking in the hydro corridor for the GTA NHL arena.
Olympic Sports Fields Markham Live
Green Box – Olympic Sports fields in the hydro corridor between McCowan Road and Kennedy Road Blue Box – include in Markham Centre and Markham Live visioning Exercise Yellow Box – Markham Live Red Box and Yellow Box is the Markham Center – need an updated Secondary Plan Blue Box – developable hydro corridor providing that we can bury the hydro lines and tidy up the spaghetti of easement, storm water ponds and other junk being put into the hydro corridor with no logic other than out of sight, out of mind.
Markham Live Vision including both sides of 407 Highway In the visioning exercise with the people, we include the RED/Blue and Greed Boxes.
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: (Transparency) 1. Freedom of the Press: The people of Markham are about to embark on the biggest expenditures in Markham's history and we must ensure that the people are getting the straight goods, must always be dealing in the absolute truth, nothing but the truth. The local newspaper can’t be sitting on the sidelines. Was the Economist and Sun told that the City would reduce or pull advertising if the paper didn't write more positive stories (Not to write negative stories on Mayor's Days, The Mosque and the NHL Arena)? I don’t support this approach? Tell me which E&S stories were not accurate or truthful. There should be more transparency. Does the City have the right to dictate to the Economist and Sun to write positive articles on Markham or they will pull their advertising dollars? 2. Need an outside expert to do a peer review of all aspects of the GTA Sports Center Site Plan and Financial Framework Strategy: The GTA Sports Center Arena site plan is exactly the same site plan presented 22 months ago. My question is how can our staff (both planning and engineering), who collaborated on the site plan, and can now do a critical review of the same site plan? They were involved with the applicants and their consultants in many private meetings along with senior management leading up to the GTA Sports Centre submission. Perception is reality – from the public’s standpoint - no transparency 3. 4. Raymond James Report: How can we pay $387,000 for a due diligence report which no council member have seen? Need a Revised updated Markham Center/Markham Live Official Plan (original OPA and vision that had basically gutted in 1997 and in 2001/3) and doesn’t reflect what is now taking place in the Markham Center The province needs an approved updated official plan submitted before they will sign off on this application. Remington is expected an additional 4000-5000 units and along with a 20,000 seat arena. The Genivar Transportation Plan is questionable now, let alone when the updated OPA is signed off. Need more Political Involved in the planning of the 407 Transitway Alignment and TRCA issues: Senior management has failed the public by not solving the (MTO) transitway and local road (TRCA) alignments. Question Parkland credit methodology – outside investigation: Why did the Town/City give parkland credits Remington parkland credit for a bus rapid transit way (BRT) and for lands on top of the York Durham sewer pipe? Underground Parking and Structured Parking a. b. The high water table excuse is manageable The size of building and event plaza footprint of approximately 10 acres should be able to accommodate over 2,000 parking spaces. Basically financing the city share of the GTA arena. All parking revenue should go to retire Markham’s debt. Arena should be sited east west to ensure YMCA Blvd and Markham Live Street goes over the GO Line
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8 . Town Center/York Tech connection to Enterprise Drive – need an outside investigation: The status of this connection and why was this not used instead of Miller Avenue a) 9. Distance is 354 meters to connect Enterprise to Town Center Blvd at an estimated $10,500,000 b) Miller Avenue is approximately 6 km and construction costs in excess of $80,000,000 Miller Avenue is needed for two reasons I. II. a) Removed Town Center Blvd to Enterprise Drive connection from the approved Markham Center OPA They now need Miller because of the GTA Sports Center (NHL sized arena) traffic requirements Opening day for the 2015 World Juniors Championship – to be awarded in 60days or less and Markham isn’t even being considered. Markham shouldn’t be rushing by a hypothetical deadline. If I was Bob Nicholson, President/CEO Hockey Canada, I wouldn't commit to a pig and a poke.
10. What is the rush? – Markham is not going to get the 2015 World Juniors Championship
b) Want a letter from Bob Nicholson, President and CEO that he is prepared to commit the 2015 World Junior Championship to Markham if the GTA Sports Center is built in time. a. 2013 World Juniors - Russia
b. 2014 World Juniors – Sweden
11. Want a commitment from the NHL a) Transferring an NHL team to Markham - show me the evidence from the NHL that Markham will get consideration if an arena is built. We are probably now behind Quebec City, Seattle, Kansas City and then Markham.
b) The Commissioner of the NHL to my knowledge never committed to Markham, if we build an NHL sized arena that we would be in the running for an NHL Franchise. He did say that “make your decision on your own merits, don’t count on getting an NHL team”. 12. Need to address the urban design of the Markham Center – 1994 plan and roads have been gutted by the developer: Even if there is an NHL team coming, we need to fix the urban design which includes walkability and road network. a. Who does our Vision for the future of Markham, the developer, the Mayor or the People 13. Need to re-look at the Financial Framework Need more private sector involvement. Look at Seattle, 100% private financing for their $490 million NBA/NHL size arena and additional monies for roads and non arena improvements by the private sector. We should be the same, 100 % private sector financing in the hottest hockey market in North America. 14. Align the GTA Arena length-wise up against the 407 Highway. Assemble the land between the ditch and GO-Transit Line (approximately 10 acres footprint – 3 floor of parking with 1,000 spaces per floor.) Revenue Assumptions for Parking under the GTA Arena 1. 2. 3. $35.00 per day per space x 3,000=$105,000 per day $105,000 a day x 365 days a year=$38,325,000 per year $38,325,000 a year x 30 years =$1,149,750,000 over 30 years in total revenue
Biggest money maker for developers in downtown Toronto is under parking. Markham is not planning on standing still and other buildings like MISTA, University, Office and major retail shopping which will exceed the day revenue of $35.00 per parking space. It is called marketing and getting other office building and venues locating here. Markham Live Vision 1. Vision: People’s priorities - belongs to the people of Markham not the Mayor or Council or staff or the developer. If we are going $500,000,000 in debt, what are the people’s priorities? In the last election, the Mayor’s priority was no tax increases not having the people of Markham finance an NHL Arena. i. NHL Arena – private sector ii. Markham International Sports Training Academy iii. Convention Center – seats 3000-4000 people iv. Five Star Hotel v. Performing Arts Center vi. 100 acre satellite University Campus – (look at burying the hydro lines) vii. All day electric train service from Major McKenzie to Union Station and possibly to Georgetown – 95kms, 45 station stop, span of service - 19 hours a day at 10 to 15 minute frequencies. viii. Multi-media Entertainment Center ix. Class A Office in and around the hub x. World class transit hub xi. 1.5 to 2.0 square feet of world class retail xii. Great public realm and urban design xiii. I-METRO-E/W all day Express Rail Transit Service with increase connectivity and distance 2. 3. Strategy Political and Markham Center/Markham/University Committee
Plan Town Staff to execute the plan
Framework for a Markham Live Visioning Committee 1. Rule number 1: Rewealth (asset renewal) for a better present and future. We must stop destroying our quality of life by compulsively building more and more of what no one wants more of. We must base our economy primarily on renewing what we’ve developed, and on restoring what we’ve damaged. Rule number 2: Integrate for efficiency and synergy. We must shift away from renewing our natural, built, and socioeconomic assets in isolation. Renewing them in an integrated manner produces synergies that make projects vastly more effective. Integration also stimulates opportunities by enhancing the natural ripple effect, whereby each renewal project makes adjacent properties more valuable. Rule number 3: Engage for relevance and support. We must shift away from no transparent, command and control, “decree” styles of community redevelopment. We must reengage all stakeholders in their revitalized future. This will result in higher quality visions, strategies, and plans. It will generate greater public- and thus political- support for your plans. This helps eliminate last minute project delays caused by stakeholders who learn of projects too late in the process. Stakeholders should be engaged up front in the community vision, and each project partnership should help achieve that vision.
A. Rewealth: Most communities make some effort at revitalizing themselves, but few achieve – or even shoot for – the ideal of rapid, resilient (and preferably regional) renewal. Sometimes that failure is because their wealth policies or programs have “de” components that taint the entire enterprise. This was demonstrated in Northern Virginia when an ambitious transportation infrastructure renovation bill was voted down a few years back because it controlled a sprawlincluding highway or two. They got all the attention. B. Integration: Other times, renewal doesn’t occur due to a lack of efficiencies and synergies among the projects. This is usually the result of renewing individual assets in isolation from each other. Much money is spent on individual rewealth projects, each of which is worthwhile, but the lack of proper sequencing and connectivity among them undermines the overall goal of revitalization. Rather than just integrating your assets, it’s helpful to think in terms of integrating your solutions. For instance, in Africa, many advocate relegalizing big game hunting as a way to monetize endangered species, thus giving local people a reason to conserve or restore their populations. Assuming that this is a legitimate strategy, it’s unlikely to work in isolation: it’s far too simplistic. Add ecological, watershed, and agricultural renewal to the agenda though, and the chances of success are far better, thanks to increased funding and public support. Integrated solutions needn’t be large scale or complicated, though: a single family home can be restored in a way that also helps restore the heritage, the watershed, and the ecology of the area. C. Engagement: In still other situations, the failure to revitalize derives from programs or policies that don’t match citizens’ goals, that aren’t communicated well, or that feel imposed. A paucity of engagement undercuts the power of rewealth in part by diminishing knowledge-based action. a) Taking action without sufficient public support results in costly delays from protests and lawsuits. Some such projects divide and traumatize communities for years.
Developers are often concerned that broad stakeholder inclusion may lead to a loss of project control and demands for unfeasible design solutions... Developers who work in regions that are politically difficult gain support through charrettes. They often succeed in becoming “the good guy” in the eye of the community, making it easier to get their project built. These developers may eventually become well known and sought after by places seeking quality development. Need to setup a rewealth committee to develop an integrated plan to incorporate all of the components of Markham Live on lands in the hydro corridor and the north side of the 407 Highway. Need a visioning exercise to set the people of Markham’s priorities when City is about to go deep in debt
Reclaiming land for public use - 407 Highway Hydro Corridor – Highway 48 to 404 Highway Characteristics
407 Highway Hydro Corridor McCowan to Kennedy to Kennedy Warden 67.80ha 73.88ha 2.14km 2.02km .37km .35km 2.14 kilometers 2.02 kilometers 5.00kilometers 348.54 meters 374.19 meters
407 Highway Hydro Corridor Hectares Distance Depth Burying Hydro Line
Hwy 48 to McCowan 65.66ha 2.06km .36km 2.06 kilometers
Millar Ave – NHL Arena Enterprise to Town Center and High-tech Blvd Birchmount Bridge connecting Hwy to Enterprise
Warden to Roddick 45.67ha 1.23km .56km 1.23 kilometers = = =
Roddick to Hwy404 64.26ha 1.75km .41km 1.75 kilometers $80,000,000 $10.500.000 $10,500,000
Enterprise Drive Birchmount Bridge erprise Drive
Town Center/York Tech
Millar Avenue -NHL 5.00 km Enterprise to Town Ctr 378.54 meters Birchmount to Hwy 7 344.19 meters Proposed New Arena Site distance from Hub ACC to Union Station and Subway TTC distance
= $80,000,000 = $10,000,000 = $10,500,000 = 409.09 meters = 374.34 meters
East West Road Connectivity (Mid-block) - two alternatives 1. McGowan to Woodbine – Costcan/Enterprise Drive/York Tech – 6kms a. Needed – 400 meters to connect Enterprise Drive to York Tech/Town Center - $10,500,000 i. Was in the Markham Center Plan approved in August 18, 1994 ii. Cost is approximately $10,500,000 based on similar crossing going in on Birchmount Road 2. Miller Avenue was an alternative if we elect to not take advantage of this connection- $80,000,000+ a. b. Need to Construct 6 kms from Kennedy Road to Woodbine Avenue for a cost of $80,000,000 Don’t need Miller Avenue at present for the Markham Center if we take the Enterprise connection. Maybe the NHL Arena might need it to access parking from Warden Avenue in the hydro corridor.
Excerpt from "Markham Council Debates Miller Ave in the hydro corridor lands”
http://www.yorkregion.com/news/article/1502547--Markham-Council-debates-miller-road Miller Avenue extension is not a direct result of the proposed GTA Centre, Ward 2 Councillor Howard Shore said “this will happen with or without the (GTA) centre,” he said“, Many are tacking on these extensive improvements and everything else to the GTA Centre”. I, Rose Mittelholzer, was at that meeting. The quote in the article is not exactly what Mr. Shore said. This is how the conversation went between Howard Shore and Alan Brown the presenter from Planning. Howard Shore asked the question "Is this work that will be done regardless if the Arena goes in or not?" Al said "Yes". Howard said "Well that's good to hear because there's a lot of misinformation out there in the Community about costs to pay for this roadwork. Town Center/York Tech connection to Enterprise Drive: Distance is 360 meters and construction costs estimated to be $10,500,000. Need an outside peer review on the Miller Road versus Town Center/York Tech Road connection to Enterprise Drive. Need to review all documents to determine the status of the Enterprise Drive to Town Center Boulevard/York Tech connection. Miller Avenue – new 6kms long road through the hydro corridor – $80,000,000 Solutions: -Is being built because the GTA NHL Size Arena versus the Enterprise Drive connection to York Tech/Town Center Boulevard for approximately $10,500,000 as it is only 400 meter long in length connection
Town Hall Meeting – Potential Topics - To communicate the vision, create the trust and transparency
To address all the planning issues 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 407 Transitway alignment Markham Live Road Enterprise -Simcoe Promenade Miller Avenue versus Enterprise connecting to Town Center/High Tech Environmental Urban design Official Plan Update GTA NHL Site Plan If GTA Arena doesn’t quality as Municipal Capital Facility
To address all the financial and legal issues 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Financial Framework Section 37 and Compulsory Voluntary Contribution Lack of Private sector investment Municipal Capital Facility and Municipal Act Town’s Purchasing By-Law Council … does it need a two thirds majority to go this deep in debt Lack of Request for Proposal … Transparency
Construction Issues 1) High-water Table 2) Underground and above grade Parking 3) Costs Overruns GTA Sports Center Revenue Sharing Considerations 1) 50% of all concession profits 2) Advertising Revenue – 30% 3) Retail – 10% of all rental revenue 4) Naming Rights – 50% of yearly revenue 5) Box Seat Sales – 15% of gross revenue 6) Underground or Parking Structure – if City builds – a. 100% of construction costs - 3 levels – 3000 spaces b. All revenues Termination Penalty If they move the team – 20,000,000 - $30,000,000 Policy – hiring Canadian companies Comparison of all the NHL Franchises 1) Ownership of Facilities 2) Revenue/Profit Sharing 3) Concessions 4) Municipal Capital Facilities 5) Taxes Other Citizen Legal Issues 1. Access to Information 2. Privacy Commissioner 3. Integrity Officer
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