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This is still very tentative but today's Sunday Mirror (12/10/08) has reported:

''City’s new owners have already made a multi-million-pound investment to improve the club’s training ground at Carrington.

And they are also in talks with Manchester City Council about buying the club’s 48,000-capacity stadium and the surrounding land, which they have earmarked for a major building project that will help regenerate east Manchester.''
 

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Yeah, this has been mentioned a few times now. A couple of hotels, a small arena, a football academy, an expansion of the stadium to 60,000 and a couple of thousand homes is what I think we should be expecting from this one. Plus the "landmark" project to replace the super casino.
 

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From Crains. More on this on the next post. Crains must have got it from this blog.

Man City names New York real estate lawyer to its board


Manchester City Football Club has appointed a top New York real estate lawyer to its board.

Martin Edelman, 67, from Westchester, New York, has been appointed to Manchester City Ltd and its property arm, Manchester City Property Ltd.

It’s the clearest indication yet that the club intends to redevelop land round Eastlands.

Edelman is described as “one of the top real estate attorneys in the city” by New York property magazine The Real Deal.

Manchester City now has a new board. Six Thai directors — Thaksin Shinawatra, his daughter Pintongta, son Panthongtae, sister Yingluck, Sasin Monvoisin and Worawi Makudi, president of the Thailand FA — have resigned as well as Bryan Bodek.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak has been officially confirmed as chairman while Simon Pearce, the director of strategic communications for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority, becomes a director.
 

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From Crains. More on this on the next post. Crains must have got it from this blog.

Man City names New York real estate lawyer to its board


Manchester City Football Club has appointed a top New York real estate lawyer to its board.

Martin Edelman, 67, from Westchester, New York, has been appointed to Manchester City Ltd and its property arm, Manchester City Property Ltd.

It’s the clearest indication yet that the club intends to redevelop land round Eastlands.

Edelman is described as “one of the top real estate attorneys in the city” by New York property magazine The Real Deal.

Manchester City now has a new board. Six Thai directors — Thaksin Shinawatra, his daughter Pintongta, son Panthongtae, sister Yingluck, Sasin Monvoisin and Worawi Makudi, president of the Thailand FA — have resigned as well as Bryan Bodek.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak has been officially confirmed as chairman while Simon Pearce, the director of strategic communications for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority, becomes a director.
With the amount money sloshing about in the UAE, we could end up with something really spectacular or really cheesey. No wonder they were after City

Monday, October 13, 2008
New directors appointed / Sportcity redevelopment gathers momentum
Manchester City Football Club now has a new board, according to documents filed at Companies House on Friday.

Six Thai directors - Thaksin Shinawatra, his daughter Pintongta, son Panthongtae, sister Yingluck, Sasin Monvoisin and Worawi Makudi, president of the Thailand FA - have now quit the board. Bryan Bodek, who joined the board in 2000 after BSkyB bought a 9.95% stake, also leaves.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak has been officially confirmed as Chairman while Simon Pearce, the director of strategic communications for Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority, becomes a director as had been predicted.

But the most interesting appointment is American property lawyer Martin L. Edelman, who becomes a director. Described by New York property magazine, The Real Deal, as 'one of the top real estate attorneys in the city', Edelman (pictured) specialises in complex multi-million pound property transactions, including institutional and international joint ventures.



The appointment is the strongest indication yet that our new owners have major plans to redevelop the 38-acre Sportcity site. Shortly after the takeover was announced last month, the the MEN revealed that the City Council were looking for developers to bankroll a £300m redevelopment of the site. The Council also issued a prior information notice for the project, which described its plans for a 'visitor destination attraction of national or international significance'. The Council hopes the development 'will be internationally distinctive in content and scale' as well as offering 'a cultural and educational experience that caters for a wide consumer audience.'

It's possible that negotiations between the club and the Council are already at an advanced stage. The prior information notice is a legal requirement under European Union law (rather like a firm having to advertise a job vacancy even if it's going to filled internally), so doesn't necessarily mean the Council are actively looking for other bidders. Meetings have already taken place between City and the Council, and Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein recently revealed that another meeting with City's new owner Sheikh Mansour is 'scheduled for the next few weeks'.

According to this weekend's Sunday Mirror, the club are hoping to buy CoMS and the surrounding area, but Edelman's expertise at arranging joint ventures, and the Council's known reluctance to sell the land and stadium, suggests that a deal involving joint ownership is looking more likely at this stage.



http://purelymancity.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-directors-appointed-sportcity.html
 

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What the residents want.

'Bring back Belle Vue magic'
Deborah Linton
12/10/2008

A COMMUNITY is rallying round to show politicians what they want done.

Residents in east Manchester have launched a campaign to bring back Belle Vue, drawing up their own proposals for a `ground breaking visitor attraction' on the site of the failed casino bid.

At the centre of the plans - tagged `the community choice' - is a large eco-centre that would bring health, leisure, hands-on learning, retail and job opportunities to residents.

The Belle Vue 2020 Vision, drawn up by campaign group Communities 4 Stability (C4S), builds on the legacy of the area, where a zoo and amusement park were a major tourist attraction until the 1970s.

C4S chairman Damian Carr is heading the team of volunteers behind the plans, which have won praise from Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. He said: "This is the people who love Belle Vue and live in Belle Vue working to shape its future.

"Our plans offer something to every member of the community and having spoken to them and worked with them we believe it represents what they want for their own area."

Salford MP Ms Blears, who met Mr Carr on Friday, is considering alternatives for the east Manchester site which was promised a supercasino before a government u-turn saw the plans axed - costing the city a potential £265m and 3,000 jobs.

The C4S report, interspersed with quotes from Belle Vue residents, promises jobs and spending in the deprived area as well as training, outdoor activity and youth opportunities if government takes up the suggestions.

It also looks at entertainment, proposing fairground and events features and housing, recommending cost-effective alternatives to demolition plans threatening to price current residents out of the area.

Mr Carr, who is from east Manchester, said he wanted the project to run alongside ideas that would resurrect the area's `magic', including a circus school, bandstand and a wall of fame containing the handprints of local celebrities and sports stars - similar to one that existed in Belle Vue's hey- day.

He added: "I was really encouraged by my meeting with Hazel Blears. Even if she doesn't take the whole vision, if the government take some elements and consult with us it will be a success. We aren't opposed to regeneration but the community voice has to be heard."

Ms Blears said: "I was very encouraged to see so much hard work has been done. There's a much better future for residents if people all work together and this is a good example for other communities."

The report can be viewed at www.c4stability.com.
 

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You can only hope this 'Noo-Yawk' real estate lawyer will be really clued-up on English property and planning laws. I mean he's bound to be ain't he?

Not to mention how to interact with the super speedy wheels of the British government.

It'll be like shelling peas to 'im won't it, piece of proverbial piss...
 

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Thanks for all the updates jerb.

Circus School?




Bandstand



Hall of fame.



And as for a new zoo. :bash: It's a outlived Victorian fad that has no place for Manchester's future, if you ask me.
 

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A zoological and botanical heritage center might be a nice idea. Obviously not a load of Elephants and Lions in cages, but something a bit like the Eden Project, showcasing threatened ecosystems from around the world.

It could d have a serious research purpose but it would also be a place you could take your kids and it would produce a range of skilled, semi and unskilled jobs suitable for both graduates and local people. Obviously it isn't a magic bullet for solving all of east Manchester's problems, but the idea that anything could is a bit spurious.
 

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like the rest of the UK, we need manufacturing... We have service industries - servicing - service industries, coming out of our bloody ears...
We need intelligent manufacturing that is synergistic with the research and development expertise of the area because those are the kinds of jobs that would find it very difficult to move elsewhere if the company found somewhere cheaper to go.
 

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I think a zoo on its own sounds daft.

However, a zoo is an integral feature of every (?) major world city.
As is those pesky aquariams, no doubt several extinct species are thriving at the bottom of a tank somewhere as we speak.
A theme park would be another bonus, no not disney size, but a proper medium sized attraction.

An indoor sports arena and the setting up of ice hockey/basketball teams would be cheap and gain publicity.

Dunno what else.
 

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We need intelligent manufacturing that is synergistic with the research and development expertise of the area because those are the kinds of jobs that would find it very difficult to move elsewhere if the company found somewhere cheaper to go.
yes... capitalising on the skills bases coming out of the universities ideally...
 

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We need intelligent manufacturing that is synergistic with the research and development expertise of the area because those are the kinds of jobs that would find it very difficult to move elsewhere if the company found somewhere cheaper to go.
Christ all mighty I've been a management consultant too long if I can write sentences like this.
 

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like the rest of the UK, we need manufacturing... We have service industries - servicing - service industries, coming out of our bloody ears...
But that would be a completely inappropriate industry to locate on this site nowadays. They're trying to make a hub of tourist attractions that make people stay in the area for a whole day instead of just popping in for a football match and going home, which is a sensible use for the land. Industrial companies are not going to want to locate near the stadium if they can avoid it because of the match day traffic. That's why so many of the industrial units already in that area are struggling so much.

Right thinking but wrong location in my opinion.
 

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I'd bloody love a Zoo. Blackpool Zoo is farely shit, London Zoo is tiny and quite pathetic and getting to Chester Zoo on public transport is a nightmare.

Give me a zoo. I want to see monkeys swinging from the COMSTAD masts after they've stolen and imbibed several crates of cheap lager from Asda.
 

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But that would be a completely inappropriate industry to locate on this site nowadays. They're trying to make a hub of tourist attractions that make people stay in the area for a whole day instead of just popping in for a football match and going home, which is a sensible use for the land. Industrial companies are not going to want to locate near the stadium if they can avoid it because of the match day traffic. That's why so many of the industrial units already in that area are struggling so much.

Right thinking but wrong location in my opinion.
I know... I was just being idealistic. How about a power station then? We used to go on trips to Trawsfynedd... power station AND visitor attraction. Sorted.
 
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