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B.C. Place should not be converted into condos and should remain standing post 2010, Vancouver’s mayor said yesterday.
"B.C. Place is a critical part of our city’s tourism and event infrastructure — generating over $58 million in economic activity last year," said Mayor Sam Sullivan during his annual state of the city address.
The speech, made yesterday to members of the Downtown Business Improvement Association, touched on a number of topics including his support for a regional police force and the need to re-open Riverview Hospital.
Vancouver Coun. David Cadman criticized it as a "pre-election speech." He said it should have been made to Vancouver citizens in council and not before a friendly audience at a business association luncheon.
B.C. Place, which opened its doors in 1983, is home to the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games.
It also occupies four hectares of prime condominium real estate on the Northeast side of False Creek.
Sullivan said more money should be invested into the provincially owned domed stadium.
"This year, our government will support a plan to more fully develop the potential of B.C. Place at its current location."