Aug 15, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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A proposal to revamp Ontario Place by putting private residences, commercial space and likely a hotel and a research facility on the site is being endorsed by the McGuinty Liberals.

The government accepts all 18 recommendations made by a provincial advisory panel on the future of Ontario Place, headed by former Progressive Conservative leader John Tory.

Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, says the goal is to complete revitalization by 2017.

The government closed most of Ontario Place earlier this summer, saying it couldn’t afford to keep the park open.

Tory recommended a lot of the site be public, saying a maximum of 15 per cent of the site should be residential and that city council should resist developers’ higher-density projects.

Annual attendance at Ontario Place dropped to about 300,000 from the 2.5 million  who visited when the park opened 41-years ago.

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