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Monday July 6 2015
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2014-02-24 at 22:34

City council approves bingo hall, nightclub despite parking concerns

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

Despite parking concerns, city council gave the green light to a bingo hall and nightclub Monday night.

The former Roxy's will be converted to a new home for Thunder Bay Community Bingo, with a 230 square foot addition for a night club where the existing patio is. But with 67 parking spaces, businesses in the area were concerned.

Java Hut's Joe Skehar said he had to have 30 spaces for his 50-person occupancy business when it opened in 1995. He had to lease the spaces in order to comply. He said during the day existing businesses make it hard enough to find space.

"I don’t know where my customers would park,” he said.

George Badani of nearby Badani Motors said he welcomes the new business to the area but more information needs to come forward.

Coun. Rebecca Johnson wanted council to delay the decision until the developer and nearby businesses met.

"That’s a very busy area and its going to get busier,” she said.

While council turned down that motion and approved the plan, businesses are going to meet this week or next to discuss the parking issues.

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thunderbaycouncel says:
fyi...the city will approve anything that brings them in money. they need it. its that simple. If someone wants to turn a property into a profit for the city then there is no city that will olige. remember, the city is still finding ways to pay for the 500 million lawsuit that they will lose in regards to the flood. anyone notice any hydro increases? or property tax increases? hmmmmm, think about it.
2/26/2014 9:32:26 PM
YellowSnow13 says:
I think Java Hut should sue the city. If they had to buy parking so should the other business. And if the city lets them off the hook for the future they should pay him back all monies Java Hut paid out for parking for as long as they have been there. I'm really getting tired of this city doing idiotic things to annoy businesses.
2/26/2014 6:11:09 PM
coffeshoppolitician says:
Expect the amount of shopping carts left for dead and discarded coffee cups to increase exponentially. Another left turn in Thunder Bay.
2/26/2014 12:37:12 AM
NoMore331 says:
Maybe bring back the Veterans Center instead of a Bingo Hall...they don't need Bingo they need their Center back!!!
2/25/2014 4:28:41 PM
S Duncan says:
Why dont you build a new center yourself? Also if theres no need for another bingo hall it would quickly go out of business, wouldnt it?

If you want something to open besides a walmart or a bingo hall nobody is stopping you.

Its not up to some city planner to dictate what opens and doesnt open.

If you want something else, get busy.
2/26/2014 11:53:19 AM
NoMore331 says:
Can someone please tell me WHY we need another BINGO hall to begin with? Bingo halls are getting to be as bad as Walmart...when is there going to be something good in Thunder Bay opening? No more bars, Walmart or Bingo Halls please...
2/25/2014 3:34:25 PM
Glyder says:
There is currently 1 bingo hall, and it is on the CLE grounds. It is moving to the NEW spot, described in the above article. So please explain to me how 1 bingo hall in Thunder Bay is "as bad as Walmart"?
2/26/2014 1:26:22 PM
Reignmaker says:
You mean the often disabled or elderly people who play bingo and won't be able to walk the distance to the hall. As well as take parking from the existing spots for business. Why wouldn't businesses be happy with being less accessible?
2/25/2014 1:36:07 PM
terwilliger says:
I'm glad that council turned down the motion to delay development again, over an issue as simple as parking. If I were a busness owner, especially a resturant, i would welcome the hundreds of people the bingo hall will bring to my door step everyday. 364 days a year.
2/25/2014 9:56:58 AM
conker2012 says:
What do you mean I cannot park at the door? What is this walking thing you speak of? How does it work?

This is all the work of those lefty communist and their taxes.... PLEBISCITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2/25/2014 8:34:50 AM
waldo says:
double standard? compared to events centre that has 0 parking? Can't they just say those that attend must walk 5 to 10 minutes like multiplex? where was Rebecca during that parking deliberations?
2/25/2014 8:29:16 AM
SomeGuy says:
We want the area to be busier, we want a dense commercial area. We don't want fields and fields of parking lots.

Also why is city council bothered with approving businesses? If a place does not have enough parking that is their problem. There customers will complain and they will have to do something about it.
2/25/2014 8:26:01 AM
p.o.ed taxpayer says:
This council/admin. will not admit that parking could be a problem, that would fly in the face of one of the main issues with the event center...not going to happen..
2/25/2014 7:38:20 AM
BetterThunderBay says:
Some day, I don't know when, something new will open in Thunder Bay and nobody will panic about parking. That would be beautiful. Around the same time, maybe the Intercity area won't be mostly parking lots.
2/24/2014 11:47:58 PM
Eastender says:
Whats wrong with parking lots? Why do you think people flock to malls, and intercity, Tim Hortons,and Wall Mart? Plenty of parking, thats why!
I dont have time to drive around looking for the elusive parking spot.

If you want to eliminate urban sprawl, get rid of those ridiculous height restrictions in this burg, and allow commercial buildings to go up instead of spread out . Stop catering to land developers.
2/26/2014 10:34:23 AM
SomeGuy says:
They don't flock because of parking, they flock because you can guy stuff there, with money.

Also Tim Hortons parking sucks.
2/26/2014 7:43:06 PM
dynamiter says:
Most typical of Rebecca - fights to the nth degree to keep taxes/ie city budget expenses down - yet when another business complete with business taxes and other spinoffs might be available - she pulls the wait and see and consult card out of her repetoire - we need council and city administration to find out ways to say yes - not a way to discourage in all aspects.
2/24/2014 10:45:46 PM
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