Private partners of the Kingsway Entertainment District have reassured the administration of Greater Sudbury. The partners of the project have sent letters to the city council to reiterate their commitment despite the increased costs.
KED is a multi-million event centre project which will be built in the outskirts of Greater Sudbury in the near future. The complex would have a hockey arena, a hotel, a gaming area, and more. The project has been slowed down by a number of legal obstacles.
The public was informed recently that KED’s private partner for hotel, casino and developer operators have once again stated their commitment to the project. The operators sent letters last week repeating their commitment to the project, after the city issued a report stating that the centre will come with a new price tag of CA$215 million.
Ball/TESC Construction Inc. has been determined as the project’s design-build team after getting a higher score in both technical and financial criteria than their sole opponent for the signature, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Jagtar Nijjar, Gateway Casino’s Executive Vice President of Development and Construction, commented in a letter that the gaming conglomerate remains involved with KED. The project has been slowed down by legal challenges such as the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal case to the Superior Court by Tom Fortin and the Casino Free Sudbury Group, as well as the one by the Minnow Lake Restoration Group, according to Mr. Nijjar.
The Minnow Lake Restoration Group’s challenge was one of the reasons why the gaming company put its investment on hold back in November. In the letter, Mr. Nijjar explained that despite the setbacks, the company has invested over CA$4 million in the project.
For the past year, the gaming leader has been meeting weekly with other project partners to agree on a project completion agreement. Everything at the event centre will be able to launch at the same time. The official said that all parties are working together to provide certainty which would allow for the project to proceed as soon as possible.
One of the hurdles for the KED arena was cleared by the Ontario Provincial Police in May. This was in relation to Greater Sudbury’s Ward 3 Coun. Montpellier claimed that a gaming company and the developer offered him a bride to support the project at the council. There is no evidence to support the claim, according to investigators.
Private KED partners are still committed despite a huge jump in costs.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, hotel partner Genesis Hospitality, and developer Dario Zulich have sent letters to the city council to reaffirm their commitment to the Kingsway Entertainment District (KED) project. This comes after the city issued a supplemental report which outlined that the centre will now come with new price tag of CA$215 million. KED is a multi-million event centre project.