The Vox is still a pox!
Yes, it was recently demolished, thanks to Councillor Chiarelli’s EXCELLENT efforts. What a glorious photo op for him, smack on page one just before the election! The actual demolition wasn’t slated to start until AFTER the election, so he had to stage a fake photo op for the reporter.
According to the Sun, the stunt caused the demolition foreman to run out and shout at him to knock it off, for fear of the building collapsing.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for a new Hilton to spring up on the site – as usual, RC is working his smoke and mirrors.
Here’s the problem: when a huge spill of viscous liquids like gasoline and oil mix with clay the soil becomes very unstable. You can’t build on a bog, right?
We just spent a FORTUNE hauling away most of the soil in Lebreton Flats – luckily Bells Corners isn’t quite as bad. But it used to host a LOT of garages and was an industrial hub in the not-so-distant past.
The councillor has been coy about providing info, slyly hinting that he’s cooking up a secret deal to bring a Hilton to the Vox site (when he’s not speculating about putting the skateboard park there).
NOTHING can be built until AT LEAST five years have passed – the federal government has to give the Vox site a clean bill of health before the site can be used for anything.
You know the Shell station at the corner of Carling and Bayshore? Same deal – the tanks leak, contaminating the soil over a large area (a common occurrence – standards were VERY slack back in the Fifties), the place is demolished at huge cost and the lot sits empty forever. Just a bit more collateral damage, courtesy of our car-centric society.
What else is contaminated in Bells Corners beside the Vox, the trailer park, the Cock ‘n Bull and Hooters? Surely Al’s SteakHouse too, which makes his $3.5 M asking price quite silly.
Don’t believe the councillor’s BS about him working behind the scenes to get a Hilton on the Vox site of part of his “Drive to Bells Corners and Buy Something” renaissance campaign.
What developer would want to work with RC anyway, after the way he screwed over the Holiday Inn Express developer, making him drive to Ottawa from his Southern Ontarion home to kiss the ring finger before he could deploy his contractors?
The Hilton people aren’t really interested in the Vox site, even if it were available. It’d be much cheaper for them to just build on agricultural land – a piece of cake to get it rezoned if you grease the right palms?
The Hilton people have already investigated the possibility of building on the farm west of Moodie, south of the Queensway, north of the train tracks (available because it was seized by the Crown after a drug lab was discovered in the farmhouse).
Their second choice is a chunk of farmland north of Robertson west of Moodie, beside the Volkswagen dealer as you leave Bells Corners.