Kingsway Entertainment District is getting an overhaul. Construction of a new project is imminent but some uncertainty is clouding the issue. Robert Kirwan, a Sudbury City Councilor has been vocal on the CA$100-million project and the integrity of its constituents.
The special entertainment zone project in the Greater Sudbury area has been receiving a lot of recent press about appeals to the Local Planning Appeal tribunal. They have been dismissed and now the work can move forward.
No problems were found in the planning policy for KED and pending legal battles were nipped in the bud. Additionally, the Superior Court issued has ruled that the City of Greater Sudbury did not show bias in approving the CA$100-million entertainment zone.
Looking ahead, Kingsway Entertainment District is expected to erect a casino complex complete with a hotel venue and family-friendly offerings. Everything will be interconnected.
According to Coun. Kirwan, KED should be approved as a whole. The operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment will oversee the gaming operations of the complex. It will be known as Starlight Casino Sudbury.
With delays and hurdles overcome, the casino giant is determined to witness the fulfilment of its dream. It avow a positive boost to the local economy. More tourists will flock to the area, seeking entertainment and gambling opportunities. Many new jobs are at stake.
Of interest, Ward 3 Coun. Gerry Montpellier produced an email conversation between him and Robert Mitchell, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Gateway Casinos at the end of the year. It revealed Gateway’s focus on reopening its brick-and-mortar locations as a top priority. It further confirmed that the casino operator wants to be part of Kingsway Entertainment District..
Dario Zulich is a local developer determined to see the project come to fruition. Meanwhile, City Councilor Geoff McCausland notes that the hotel venue part remains without management. Why hasn’t a hospitality company come forward offering to oversee it.
It is the purview of the City Council to review the KED project.