© Carter Haydu
Once home to the Brunswick Hotel and Nevada Nickels, the plot of the northside of the zero block of River Street West is now an empty lot, used for special events parking and awaiting a major hotel/shopping development, which was originally to be complete in 2011.
The River Street project has a little more time to get its turnaround in place.
During Monday’s regular council meeting, council amended a motion it had approved during last week’s executive committee meeting regarding the time extension for Little Chicago Development Company to start building a turnaround on the zero block of River Street West.
Whereas the motion approved last week called for the turnaround to be complete in two years. On Monday Coun. Heather Eby introduced an amendment (which was approved) requiring construction of the turnaround to begin in one year.
The hotel development report was last dealt with at a November 2010 council meeting, Since the development of the hotel would require the closure of River Street with no through traffic, a turnaround would be required for emergency vehicles.
However, not all council members were in favour of any extension for Little Chicago.
“As my colleagues know, I’m not in favour of an extension on this at all,” Coun. Dawn Luhning said on Monday. “This has been a long time coming, and there have been plans for this. This turnaround was supposed to have been done, and it’s not done again."
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