DC said:I love Port Dalhousie!!
Aslong as they're not demolishing any of the buildings, I think it's fine.
I hope My Cottage (bar, not *my* cottage) will still have a beach volley ball court tho!
are u kidding me? i spoke at the hearing in favour of this development as acitizen of port dalhousie and I have absolutley nothing against this development at all. What you called a perfect little beach town has a dull future that is already starting to show. Stores come and go like nothing there and nothing can last through the winter. The vandanlism and beer drinkers are crazy down there and it isnt even safe for familys on a weekend evening or afternoon for that matter. But the cities solution to this is the bring the coppers in. Oh perfect that works just make us pay more taxes than we should for it and not even get adequate service. Doesnt work that way St Kittz. This is the last chance we got to save port before it goes under like crystal beach did. It needs to be a year round place and is adding a skating path, fixing up the historic canal, building more parking room for the already crowded area, preserving the jail house instead of keeping it the bar that its been made into (so much for historic preservation wen the old jailhouse turns into a bar), adding more stores, a hotel, a courtyard (PUBLIC) to host events and have a cafe in it, an improved encasement for the carousel, improving the existant theatre, fixing up the almost dangerous crumbling buildings on lock street really that bad. It isnt this horrible monster tower taking over port, but instead a waterfront monument to help start a new era of historic buildings and improve the overall look and feel of the small bit of waterfront that St. Catharines has to offer. And you said why would they not build this in the core of the city or anywhere else in st. catharines for that matter. This is because Port Dalhousie is the only place in St. Catharines that has the potential to host this development because it is the only public waterfront in st. catharines. Waterfront is what it takes to build up tourism. This is a chance to revive Port and it may be the last before it becomes run down by vandalism, beer drinkers, and crumbling buildings. Port is a ticking time bomb with two ways it can end up, one with an explosion being a revival of both local and international tourism or the other being the end of precious Port Dalhousie becoming a dump and closed off from tourism. Just think, would you rather pay more money on the public works of the city to fix it up in the near future or have the Port Dalhousie Vitalization Corp. do it for us and alot better than the city would for that matter.Personally, I think this is a horrible idea. I live about 20 minutes away from is and i LOVE it the way it is. Port Dalhousie is like the perfect beach town with volleyball and open bars and everything. This is going to sterilyse the place. From what I can tell, the bars will be gone, the small restaurants will be gone, everything in the small block except for the stores on the street closest to the Old Welland Canal will be wiped out,
Why don't they build it in a direlect area of St Kitts? There's enough of them...
just to add to what i have just said, you sound ridiculous too. 39,000 sq feet of retail space will attract both international and especially local tourists. They have re created the tower so that it will fit with the atmosphere of the area. I run down there everyday and know that it will fit in perfect. It is ridiculous to say that it does not fit in, they have built the entire facility around the jailhouse just to preserve what is now a bar. Go to their website and check again it is exactly the style that port dalhousie is starting to show through the lock and main street market and the stretch of stores and resturaunts along lakeport road where the Tim Hortons is. And yes it is not only the shops that attract but als the skate path and the fixed up carousel and the hotel and the new resturaunts and fixed up old canal and other histori features. The current theatre is making great ticket sales and will be completely improved with its ticket sales. By the way, it will not be "just another non shaw theatre", one of the leaders in the shaw theatre has agreed to follow the developers if they are approved and make it into a shaw theatre as well. Also the new Hogans court makes room for many new festivites and events to be hosted and the attraction of boaters and yachts from Toronto will improve drastically. It is ridiculous to say that onlyshops wont attract people because you are proving my point. What port dalhousie currently has (shops) are coming and going and wont last but when these new shops and theatre and resturaunts and hotel and condos come in it will have stores that can finally last through the winter with it being given the chance to become a year round place. Oh yah and thanks for reminding me the improvements to lakeside park will be great too.Hate to break the news to you, but my cottage will no longer exist. I think the city has made a big mistake and this project will go to the OMB. The tower doesn't fit in whatsoever. By approving this project they have violated the heritage district policy implemented a few years ago.
There will be no economic spin-offs from this. Who will come to stay at this hotel?? Niagara Falls and NOTL are 20 minutes away and offer much better views and amenities. The condo will no doubt sell. The theatre will be like any other non-shaw theatre in the region with disappointing ticket sales. And 39,000 sq. feet of retail space is not what people will come to Port for.
The only thing I like about this project is the improvements to Lakeside park. Other than that, this overbearing tower will ruin the beachside atmosphere and Port experience. God bless Old Port, I will miss you.