After more than two years of planning and discussion, the City of Las Vegas and The M Resort have reached an agreement that will see the proposed $3-billion entertainment district located on Sahara Avenue become a reality.

The Kingsway Entertainment District, located at Kingsway and Burrows Avenue, has received the green light from Vancouver City Council. The mayor has approved the rezoning and development plan for the district, which includes The Globe and Mail’s flagship building, The Vancouver Sun’s building, as well as the Hudson’s Bay Company building.

The City of Vancouver, with the help of a $330,000 grant from the BC Gaming Corporation, recently announced a plan to turn a derelict stretch of Kingsway into the city’s newest entertainment destination.

The Kingsway Entertainment District appears to be getting off the ground, as Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger spoke favorably of the project. He said the Council’s decision to start the project in the area stands and it can now move forward. If all goes according to plan, the event center should be operational in 2024.

The City Council originally voted to build the event center downtown, but later voted almost unanimously to locate the project in Kingsway. The plans for the construction of the centre have been seriously delayed due to numerous legal obstacles. In 2020, the project was suspended after an unprecedented situation that raised many questions about its future.

No other complications

Last week, Mayor Bigger said there would be no further complications with the event center. He stated that staff is working closely with the Kingsway Entertainment District partners to make this possible. Mr. Bigger stated that the partners’ commitments need to be known and understood by the public and Council.

In his recent report, Ian Wood, executive director of strategic initiatives, communications and civic services for Greater Sudbury, noted that the project is expected to be completed by 2024. According to the report, there are several important tasks that must be considered and completed before construction can officially begin. This includes appointing a construction contractor, obtaining a construction quote, constructing the road and intersection, and submitting construction drawings.

Rob Mitchell, director of communications and public relations for Gateway Casinos, which plans to open a casino in the proposed center, said the gaming company was eager to learn more about how the project would proceed. Mitchell said the team is looking forward to receiving recommendations from city officials on next steps for development and timelines.

Mayor Bigger stated that there was no resolution from Council Members to review and reconsider the DEC decision because, as he explained, they had not made a motion against the 2017 vote. He stated that even if Council members could make such a motion, the project would go forward because the majority of Council members are in favor of the site.

New report

In early June, the city council commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to prepare a new report on the event center to determine the most appropriate location for the project. The final report indicates that renovating the downtown arena would cost between C$125.4 million and C$128.6 million, which is more expensive than renovating the Kingsway arena, which is expected to cost about C$113.8 million without the parking lot.


As mentioned earlier, the complex has faced many obstacles since its inception. Then, in 2020, the plans were hit by an unprecedented situation. Advisor to the Chamber 3. Jerry Montpelier expressed concern that Gateway Casinos will abandon the downtown casino project in 2020 due to financial difficulties, as the company will focus more on its existing gaming venues.

Source: Keene, Mary CED can now move on, says Mayor, Sudbury Star, 17. June 2021

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