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Bay Beach condo project cancelled

hole in roof with 4The Bay Beach condominium project is dead.

The Molinaro Group has terminated the public-private partnership with the Town of Fort Erie following four and a half tumultuous years and controversy.

The project called for the construction of a 12-storey condominium building on Town-owned waterfront land.

Facing objections from cottagers and obstruction by four town councillors, Molinaro exercised its option to exit the project today.

A press release was issued by the Town late this morning.

More details in The Ridgeway Herald.

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  1. John Hamilton | Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    Another hit to the Town of Fort Erie and the Crystal Beach area. This would have been an asset to the development of this town and the surrounding area. Too bad the Four town councillors and the objecting property owners could not see the benefits to our municipality. Changes have to come to Town Council!!!

  2. Rick | Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    The Moliainaro group may have cancelled this project but I honestly think this is far from over. There has been a lot of money spent on they’re behalf that I’m sure they will recoup. Now, you may have your nay sayers out there that will say that is impossible, but I think with all the registered votes made in chambers, it won’t be a stretch to prove that certain members of council went out of they’re way to frustrate this project in order to have this result. Sad to say but Fort Erie may be in a law suit in the near future that will pretty much drive the nails in the coffin for the taxpayers.

  3. Kelly Kendrick | Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    how does 4 people keep their jobs that in my opinion has been slowly destroying our Town! if they worked for anyone else they would have been gone. Does this town and the taxpayers not have the right to call for an election. Lets finally see the numbers of voters who want these people representing us or not! I think we the taxpayers of our town need to finally show them the numbers FOR REAL!

  4. Lesley North | Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    I agree that there will be many more chapters to this book before the story ends. I’m sure before the week is out Bob will find more people in this town to flip off as word of this gets out and the voter realize how this is going to play out with increases in taxes and less services. Thank God for registered votes.

  5. John Gardiner | Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    You can bet the four naysayers will celebrate their victory at the bar “3-West” as they usually do after council meetings

  6. Mike Cloutier | Dec 31, 2013 | Reply

    I’m getting some comments from anonymous and pseudonyms. Please include your real name in the comment and a real email address. There are lots of ways you can make anonymous comments on the web. This is not one. Thank you.

  7. Richard Dimberio | Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t see any “clean” way out of this mess for the town. At the least, there will be lawyer fees galore as costs for the town, the Council of FE and the individual Councillors.
    The taxpayer will be picking up the lion’s share of these costs.
    The behind the scene beach front owners along cottage row may think they have won, but we shall see. Of course the anti development and progress townies who were mad they weren’t in on the original decision or the “deal” will be doing the “I told you so” dance.

  8. Mike Cloutier | Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    I liken it to a case of constructive dismissal in employment.

    I had spent well over a month trying to understand the episode where the foursome refused to grant the extension of the deadline for Molinaro to commit to closing the real estate transaction in exchange for tearing down the lobster house and concession stand sooner rather than later.

    Clearly, the foursome denied a show of good faith that would have benefitted the town when it was not even in a legal position, per the contract, to close the deal. The issue of the extension refusal is much more complicated than the public realizes.

    Do you think anyone is going to walk away from the investments that were made in the planning studies, engineering, site plans, marketing and not try to recover?

    The armchair lawyers might like to look at one section of the purchase and sale agreement and think the Town and John Hill, Paul Collard, Bob Steckley and Don Lubberts are indemnified. Let them. The agreements are contracts between partners, not a buyer and seller. Good faith is written in black and white and implied all over the agreements.

    The other real bummer is the message, “This is how we do business in Fort Erie.”

  9. john v | Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    Excellent summary Mike. I think the meeting of some of the councillors before they started this term where they signed a “mandate” of basically doing anything to stop the condo will not bid well for them in the future.

  10. Henry Windecker | Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    I am all for growth and commerce, as are what people refer to as the “group of 4”. They have the foresight to balance commerce with keeping the natural beauty of the area intact.

    There are plenty of sites to build condos in Fort Erie that would blend into the landscape. Want Waterfront? What about replacing some of the unsightly and empty buildings along the Niagara River at the end of Jarvis with condos?

    Build as many condos as you want, just not on one of the last and best beaches in Ontario!!

  11. Mike Cloutier | Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    I suppose if that land became available and the council had encouraged developers to come and do business with them, that would be great.

    One of the last beaches in Ontario? You ought to do some travelling. Even if you did some travelling along the lakeshore of Fort Erie, you’d find beaches just as beautiful.

    The Town tried to get some return on the $2 million purchase of land, plus another $300,000 in improvements and planning.

    The choice of development was not ideal, granted. But it’s what we had. A contract — a partnership — was sealed. Who now in their right mind is going to entertain any sort of partnership with the Town?

    It seems the people who get heard live elsewhere and vacation here in their second homes and illegally raise money for council candidates.

  12. Mike Walker | Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    It is sad that mostly seasonal residents were able to influence four council members who are hero’s in their minds only. What a disgrace we are loosing such an opportunity. The beach with the 100 year old artifacts look like a dump site. After drinking in their success what are their plans now for the beach. We all know what they are against (progress) but no one knows what they are for. Say goodbye to the four horsemen at election time – PLEASE.

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