Things are taking longer than expected, but we are making great progress. The site itself is working as it should, with all the glitches fixed. I’ll be spending the next few days playing around with it, learning how to use it, getting comfortable with it. The plan is to launch the site with a video announcement, and we’ll be shooting that next week. It’s a bit difficult getting everyone on the same schedule, but it’s coming together. I now expect to launch in the first week of June.
In the meanwhile, some news. Yesterday the Thiel family, which owns the TD Centre, the Bank of Montreal building, and the Royal Bank tower, filed suit against the province. The Thiels say that by granting the Nova Centre an exemption from the usual planning rules of the city, the province gave unfair competitive advantage to Argyle Developments, Joe Ramia’s company that is building the Nova Centre, which includes the convention centre, a hotel, and a commercial office building.
The Thiels, for their part, own about 10 percent of the commercial office space downtown, and have an approval to construct a new development called 22nd Commerce Square, which includes 200,000 square feet of Class A office space and “a small conference centre.”
Here’s the suit (thanks to Evan d’Entremont for combining the PDF):