The owners of some of the businesses in the plaza at Wellington and Gordon have turned to the OMB to express their dissatisfaction with a city plan to eventually buy the property and raze the buildings.
The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions a park along the river at the southeast corner of the intersection. The plan is to begin acquiring the properties 10 years from now with an eye to developing the park about nine years after that.
But some of the business owners say the uncertainty surrounding their future is causing problems for them now. Read Rob O'Flanagan's story about the issue here.
I have to admit I'm a bit torn on this one. I understand the business owners' position and sympathize with them, but at the same time I have felt during my 22 years in Guelph that plaza was one of the worst uses or riverfront property I have ever seen. With the long-term plan for downtown including massive residential growth, including two highrises at Wellington and Wyndham, a park seems a good use for the property.