Assaff: “Because the piece of property that I’m trying to acquire from the town (Block 9) is not waterfront. This is on Highway 26 surrounded by commercial lands.”
VFAN: Nice try Steve. Block 9 is as close to buildable waterfront that this town has right now. Why don’t you start being honest with the good readers of the EB and say what exactly is going on here. You need that little strip of land for the extra parking spaces you need to build 3 stories in the boxy building you want to shove down our throats on the corner of Huron and Heritage.
Assaff: “They (the town) can take the money and use it for the waterfront, whether it’s to fund the waterfront master plan or swap it for the other waterfront property that I own (behind the courthouse).”
VFAN: Here’s a thought Steve, why don’t you stop thinking about the best way to line your own pockets and donate that piece of scrubland behind the courthouse to the town. Like others have done in the past Di Poce for instance.
Assaff: “In general, the more the town can do to attract people to the waterfront and expose the waterfront the better, obviously, for the community.”
VFAN: Uh huh, this is freaking hilarious. You couldn’t have had a straight face when you said this Steve. You just closed off the main part of the waterfront with your Rexall monstrosity. Who will that attract? People from the local old age homes when they pick up their pharmaceutical needs?
Assaff: “Yeah, I’m working towards that. I have one particular tenant that has a time constraint for the end of 2016.”
VFAN: I must be a mind reader or something………….
Assaff: “First of all, let me just say that I think it’s a great thing that we have development going on in the town.“
VFAN: Of course you do Steve. You get national tenants and your voting bloc rubber stamped everything you wanted whether it was good for the town or not. Too bad someone else other than you and Larry Dunn are not doing it maybe we could see some vision in what gets built.
Assaff: “I think Brian Saunderson misspoke, because the mayor quite correctly announced at the start of the presentation that this was for information only and no decisions were going to be made that night.”
VFAN: No Steve all the important decisions were made years ago by you and your voting bloc. Now it’s our turn to have a say.
Assaff: “I mean I’ll wait until I need to build a building, that’s the longest I can wait. If it doesn’t then, forever and a day, it’ll be a little strip of land that the town will do whatever they’re going to do with, but I will only be able to wait as long as business terms allow me to wait.”
VFAN: You might be waiting longer than you can imagine Steve, so it might be a little early for the Cheshire cat like grin.
Assaff: “That’s a function of parking, really and also market-driven for tenants. But I mean it would be a two-storey minimum building and let’s say three-storey max.”
VFAN: Bingo!!! This is what Block 9 is all about, parking!!!
Assaff: “My philosophy as a developer is quite simply to build the best-looking buildings I can build. I don’t really get too concerned with the extra cost.”
VFAN: Hahaha this is hilarious. I could do a 1,000 word post on that one statement alone.
Assaff: “I really don’t read those blogs, I hear about them through other people.”
VFAN: Yeah Steve and I’m the Queen of Sheba.
Assaff: “Specifically, the delay in the Admiral Collingwood. Those decisions were not made in the best interests of the community one iota.”
VFAN: Yeah but that saved your arse Steve, you never had the firm sales or the financial resources to build that building at any time.
Assaff: “The town is bigger than any of us and we all love it and thank God we live in a country like Canada where we’re allowed to express our opinions without being shot or thrown in jail.”
VFAN: The only bit of truth in the whole interview.