Seems like a whole lot of build-up for nothing, but I’ll let you guys be the judge for yourselves. Full transcipts here.
Here’s the most significant snippet from the conference (although again, not much was said):
“In the months ahead, we hope to select a suitable site, develop a master plan for the development’s various components, choose a lead architect for the project, settle on an operating and financial framework, launch a project website, and bring a well-considered plan before City Council,” said Mr. LaForge. “At the end of the day, we envision a vibrant downtown with new housing, retail, office and public space, hotels, residential housing and other amenities, all anchored by a world-class entertainment and sports venue. We envision a neighbourhood that is well-integrated with public transit, livable, walkable, environmentally responsible and a benefit to downtown, surrounding communities and all of Northern Alberta.”
“Needless to say, this is a very ambitious agenda and it will take time to pull it all together,” added Mr. LaForge. “We recognize this project is really all about the kind of future Edmonton wants to have, so we fully expect – and welcome – a healthy public dialogue, but until we are further along there is little more we can say, other than ‘stay tuned’.”
David Staples has a good article up with some more quotes from the press conference as well as a translation as to what Patrick LaForge REALLY meant. Funny stuff