Former Mayor Fratesi against bus terminal move

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Aerial shot City Hall (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

In a scathing letter to council, Former Mayor Joe Fratesi says the proposal in front of council Monday is not a good thing.

The longest serving Sault Ste. Marie Mayor, Joe Fratesi, agrees with many of the others who are not in favour of taking the terminal out of the core.

“Council is constantly talking about the need to support the Downtown. How can this proposal be seen as helping the Downtown? How can anyone think that it supports the GFL Memorial Gardens? How can anyone argue that it will provide greater flexibility to transit users?” says Fratesi in the letter.

Fratesi served as both Mayor (1986-1996) before becoming CAO from ’96 to his retirement in 2015. In almost 30 years, he had never heard of this idea.

“Yes, the current building needs some improvement, but it is a solid building, in the right location that needs updating. Certainly, the cost of renovations of a simple facility that continues to be well located cannot be so high as to suggest relocation. The need to relocate the bus terminal was never even suggested as an issue to be addressed during the whole time that I served with the City.”

Another voice out against the relocation is that of Dan Hollingsworth, Vice-President at N1 Solutions. N1 Solutions recently signed an agreement with Missanabie Cree First Nation and the Canal District to bring more tourists to the area, with the Agawa Tour Train and see this proposal as a bad idea.

“On behalf of our organization, I am submitting this letter to express our concern with the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s plans to relocate the Downtown Bus Terminal to Huron Street, adjacent to the Canal District,” said Hollingsworth. “We are deeply concerned with the City’s intentions to create more traffic in this area and the potential negative consequences on creating a welcoming area for visitors to our community.”

In his letter he suggests there are multiple concerns being ignored.

“When attending the public information sessions, several issues and concerns were brought
forward to the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s staff and the consultant. Many of these items remain unresolved, without contingency plans or have not been responded to from the City,” said Hollingsworth. “We ask at this time for clarification for both questions remaining, and confirmation that all items will be presented to City Council.”

Fratesi finished his letter with some wise words he hopes council will heed.

“Nobody likes change, though sometimes change is necessary. However, relocating the bus terminal is certainly not one of those times. Tony Porco is absolutely correct in his concerns and hopefully Council will seriously consider the concerns of its citizens who have contributed much time and/or investment into our community.”

Stay with SaultOnline as we reveal more names of individuals and groups who are against this relocation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

N1 Solutions Letter to Council.
N1 Solutions Letter to Council.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. After the decision on the absolutely ridiculous & unforgivable purchase price of the Studio 10 property, nothing should surprise any of us with this council. A wall to honour overdose victims,….. seriously ?? An $8 million dollar expenditure for a downtown plaza,….???? The downtown needs commercial development to begin to attract people to come back and spend any time in the downtown core. And that has to come from the private sector. Plain & simple !!! And to relocate the bus terminal, well……. talk about moving in the exact opposite direction that would benefit the downtown !!!!! You know, looking back, in hindsight, I always thought the casino should have been built in the heart of downtown, at the former Woolco property. With a covered overhead walkway to the Station Mall & covered overhead walkway to multi level parking on King Street; sadly mistakes have been made & continue to be made. Oh well, hindsight is indeed & always will be 20-20 !!! Right !!! Good luck to all of us who want to see a prosperous & thriving Community. And to all of us who are on the receiving end of the tax bill that has to pay for these somewhat controversial & yes, sometimes costly & avoidable decisions. Hang on to your wallet folks !!!!!! Yes, indeed, the bus terminal should remain where it is. Have a good day.

  2. Mayor Dumbo is too stubborn to change his mind. There is more to this story that he doesn’t want anyone to know.

  3. Any new transit building should be located TOP OF THE HILL where the action is. The old AGERO site would have been a perfect location. People taking a bus want to use it to get to where shopping is.

  4. Maybe Mr Hollingsworth opinion would have been more useful when he was in his official capacity at EDC instead of at a private firm.

  5. Why not move the bus terminal to the former train station right in the station mall parking lot. There is plenty of room to maneuver the buses around there and the people will transit right downtown and not 1/2 a mile away. It would also alleviate traffic congestion on Queen. It would only be a block away from the transit mechanical barn if any maintenance needed.

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