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Designers not yet walking out over arena

Members of the Waterfront Design Review Panel won’t be resigning afterall, at least not until June, when the issue that prompted theirthreatened departure — a suburban-style sports complex — comes beforethem again.

Members of the Waterfront Design Review Panel won’t be resigning after all, at least not until June, when the issue that prompted their threatened departure — a suburban-style sports complex — comes before them again.

Still, the panel made it clear at its meeting yesterday that it has no use for the city’s ill-considered scheme to build a four-pad ice hockey facility on the Lower Don Lands.

“If they don’t want to take our advice, then they don’t need us around,” said panel chair Bruce Kuwabara. “We’re very unified in our thinking.”

“This is completely wrong,” added architect and panelist Peter Clewes. “Toronto is a city that never lives up to its grand ideas.”

The panel, comprising some of Canada’s most respected architects, landscape architects and engineers, is concerned the proposal undermines 10 years of planning to transform the neglected waterfront into a sustainable live/work community based on high environmental and urban standards.

 
 
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