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Council race: KED on shaky ground in more ways than one, Ward 11 candidate says

John Linsday says media report of fault line under KED site means whole project is far from ‘rock solid’
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Ward 11 candidate John Linsday is using a media report regarding a fault line under the KED site as further ammunition in his bid to stop the project.

Ward 11 candidate John Linsday is using a media report regarding a fault line under the KED site as further ammunition in his bid to stop the project.

Lindsay is referring to a report in the Sudbury Star from Oct. 4 in which a rock engineer said he believes he’s found an active fault line under the Kingsway Entertainment District site, and that he believes the buildings on the site will have to be specially engineered to protect them should the earth move. 

Lindsay said this is more evidence the project is a bad idea.

“This report adds more fuel to the fire that the whole project is indeed on shaky ground, not only for safety reasons with respect to earthquake activity, but due to the added cost of making sure the buildings on the site are built to withstand quite likely seismic events,” he said.

Read the full text of Lindsay’s release below.

Kingsway Entertainment District on shaky ground

There are a number of definitions of what “being on shaky ground” means but several could be applied to the proposed Kingsway Entertainment District (KED) including the latest report that the site may be on ground that is subject to seismic activity. 

A reputable rock engineer has determined that the KED site is located on a geographical active fault that has experienced what could be described as earthquake activity just in the past three years that “demonstrates the presence of an active fault, i.e. one hat has moved recently an is liable to move again.”

He stated that “building a large public facility over top of an active fault is not commonly seen as being a good idea.” This report adds more fuel to the fire that the whole project is indeed on shaky ground, not only for safety reasons with respect to earthquake activity, but due to the added cost of making sure the buildings on the site are built to withstand quite likely seismic events.

Also associated with this site the recognized danger of salt runoff from the large parking areas to further pollute Lake Ramsey which is in the watershed of the development.

Other factors surrounding this development seem to be on less than secure footing as highlighted by concerns raised by those, including myself, who have questioned the project thought the Local Appeal Planning Tribunal (LPAT), which will have first hearings on Nov. 6th.

Until we can be sure this development is “rock solid” in all aspects, including financial, we are not confident being on the shaky ground now being more and more evident. More information and links to relevant material on my website JohnLindsay.ca. http://www.johnlindsay.ca/

Learn more about John Lindsay by visiting his election page on Sudbury.com.
 




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