The City Council voted unanimously to approve the KED Build Agreement, which will bring a new hotel and casino project from Canadian company Kilroy Realty. The motion is a prelude to construction of the $82 million complex that would be built on land near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The “city council legislation” is a motion that was passed by the city council. The motion passed with a vote of 6-2, meaning it will be put into action.

City Council Votes on KED Build Agreement Motion

Greater Sudbury’s city council approved a resolution this week to state that no formal agreements had been reached with partners to develop a hotel and casino in the Kingsway Entertainment District. Ward 3 Coun. Gerry Montpellier, who has been a vocal advocate for more information on the city’s proposed event center, presented the motion.

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The CA$100 million event complex is intended to have a new hockey rink, as well as a casino by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, a hotel, and other amenities. In addition, the site is now being challenged in court, although the Minnow Lake Restoration Group has asked government intervention.

The motion was approved.

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Mr. Montpellier proposed a resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting with the goal of clarifying the existing position of the KED event center. Several municipal officials, the city’s integrity commissioner, and Dario Zulich, the project’s developer, have all publicly affirmed that there are no legally enforceable obligations for the casino or the hotel, according to the council member’s motion.

The councilman cited an email he got from Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze as proof to back up his claim. Mr. Swayze acknowledged in the email that no construction agreements with partners are in place. Mr. Montpellier has also accused a council member of claiming that such pledges exist and that the casino and hotel would open in two years using authoritative tones on social media.

The councillor has also said that the contradictory signals are causing citizens confusion and concern. He asked that the council make a public media notice informing the public that the only current construction agreement in place is for site preparation. He also called last week’s story of KED reaching a contract with hotel operator Genesis Hospitality Inc. “smoke and mirrors,” saying it was all a ruse.

At the Tuesday meeting, his proposal was approved by a vote of 7-6. Montpellier’s proposal was defeated by councillors Robert Kirwan Ward 5, Rene Lapierre Ward 6, Mike Jakubo Ward 7, Sizer, Leduc Ward 11, and Jocelyne Landry-Altmann Ward 12. Their votes, however, were insufficient, and the motion carried by the tiniest of margins.

Concerns from a partner

The city and Gateway Casinos & Entertainment had agreed that site preparation would begin by the end of November, but Gateway Casinos & Entertainment wrote to the city to postpone the work. The gambling company asked that the project be halted while legal challenges, such as the one brought by the Minnow Lake Restoration Group, are still pending. Regardless of the request, the corporation said that it would continue to support the new event center.

Requesting Assistance from the Province

An anti-KED group led by Arthur Peach, Hazel Ecclestone, Lionel Rudd, Tom Price, Patrick Crowe, and Evan Roberts also submitted a letter to Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, towards the end of November. The coalition requests a comprehensive and impartial forensic examination of the City of Greater Sudbury’s affairs for its decision to continue with KED in the letter.

Mary Keown, Mary Keown, Mary Keown, Mary Keown, Mary Keown Sudbury Star, December 14, 2021, “KED critic on city council wins little struggle”

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The “city council testimony” is a motion that was passed by the City Council. The motion will allow KED to build on a vacant lot in the city.

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