The Kingsway Entertainment District in Sudbury, Canada features an event center, an arena, a festival square, and a casino/hotel. But things are not calm these days. A group has been opposed to a new casino.
This same group will withdraw its appeal under certain conditions. What is it all about? Apparently, Casino Free Sudbury took the city to court this past summer, claiming that the arena and casino development had been approved in bad faith.
Although the judge sided with the city, Casino Free Sudbury was advised that the appeal court would not likely overturn this decision. An appeal would run up to $200,000. According to its website,
“A significant costs award would be added in the event of losing the appeal. It would have resulted in only a delay of the process, something we pledged not to do…”
The group further stated its intention of offer a settlement to the city in exchange for withdrawing the appeal. Meanwhile, the provincial Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is reviewing the proposed project.
The group’s response is as follows:
“The majority of issues remain before LPAT, and we expect
a decision in the coming weeks/months. We are confident of a
positive decision, resulting in the city reconsidering this project.”
The Sudbury casino, arena and event center complex was expected to open this year.