Developers gamble on new plan to move Edgewater 0
Vancouver Not Vegas says proposal to relocate Edgewater next to BC Place stadium would inevitably lead to a ‘mega casino.’ (PHOTO RENDERING COURTESY OF SITE 10A)
A plan to relocate a casino into a new building in downtown Vancouver rolled snake eyes Tuesday with a group opposed to the project.
The proposal would see the Edgewater Casino on Pacific Boulevard relocated to a new facility adjacent to BC Place stadium.
According to the project’s partners, Paragon Gaming, 360 Vox and Dundee Corporation want to build a $535 million “urban resort” on the property, featuring hotels, retail outlets and a conference centre.
But Sandy Garossino of the group Vancouver Not Vegas said an expansion of the casino will likely come along with the new building, paving the way for a “mega-casino.”
“Cities across Canada are telling governments they’ve had it with the relentless attempt to force gambling into our communities,” Garossino told reporters. “Yet again, there has been no transparency, no disclosure, no public consultation of a massive casino project.”
She pointed out the City of Vancouver already unanimously rejected the casino’s attempt to expand its existing facilities in 2011, and accused the casino of failing to meet its revenue promises needed for its licence.
Ross McCredie of 360 Vox said his organization has no plans to expand the size of the gaming operation now or in the future, and the casino is a small part of a larger plan.
“We’re a hotel operation, we build major resorts,” said McCredie. “We are not expanding the casino facilities whatsoever from where they are today and we’ll be moving them about 500 yards to the new facility.”
McCredie said the company consults the public and is going through an open process, pointing out the zoning for the resort has already been approved.
He said the partners have done everything that’s been asked of them by the city.
Garossino said the group previously filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court in 2012, aiming to ensure the detailed plans of the project are open and discussed by the city. The petition has been dormant since then as the group awaits the next move of the casino.