The Plains Is Coming Down (No, Seriously, This Time, They Swear)

Last night we recorded episode nine of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call, prairie dog‘s fourth most popular podcast. (You can listen to the awesomely hilarious episode eight here and get a list of all the episodes thus far here. Episode nine will go online on Monday, by the way. Mark your calendars.)

And in last night’s episode we announced the winners of our big contest. They were Martin G and Agent W, commenters on this here blog. They identified the sound missing from our audio clue as being the demolition of the Plains Hotel and the start of construction on Capital Pointe. Yep, that mysterious audio clip was a recording made at the corner of Vic and Albert around the time that demolition was supposed to begin at the end of July (according to information I’d been given for this piece here in which we talk about the various liens against the Capital Pointe property).

Well, a funny thing happened this morning. After all the cracks we made last night about how Capital Pointe seems to be floundering, out of the blue, I got an invite from the people at Westgate Properties to a press conference at the Plains Hotel site at 2:30pm today.

How ironic.

Seems something is about to happen and I’m going to have to do some creative editing to the podcast.

According to Greg Black, the spokesperson for Westgate Properties… well, here, I’ll let him tell you….

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So, in short, the Plains is coming down September 26 and construction of Capital Pointe is to begin early next spring and be finished by late summer 2013.

And they swear that’s it’s for reals this time.

Author: Paul Dechene

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12 thoughts on “The Plains Is Coming Down (No, Seriously, This Time, They Swear)”

  1. Yeah, that clip is exactly what he said back in August, only it was early September instead of late September.

    It’s the exact same line they’ve given five times in a row. “Two more weeks.” “Two more weeks.” “Two more weeks.” Forgive the skepticism, but I’ll believe it when — and ONLY when — I see it.

  2. I plan to be at the corner of Vic and Albert with my recorder again on the 26th. Maybe I’ll get another “Guess That Missing Noise” contest out of it.

  3. I have no doubts that they’ll demolish the Plains. Eventually. I’m less convinced that anything approximating Centre Pointe will be built in its place.

  4. I hope the painted glass windows that face Alert St. are saved, given to the museum. Were did the lighted weather “antenna”, end up?

  5. The weather antenna is supposed to incorporated into the design of the new building. It should be on top of the hotel.

  6. The Weather Antenna ‘should be’ on top of the proposed hotel/condo complex, but the design (was that 2 years ago?) had shown it as a decorative element, in a niche that was to have faced the corner or Albert and Victoria…. not quite the same thing as a weather tower which we could all see from a distance.

  7. Projects like this one make me excited because I imagine all the new condos downtown being occupied by people, and how that will affect life in the area: demand for places to hang out, eat, buy groceries, etc. in the area is bound to increase by a large margin…. and maybe it won’t seem so dull downtown after 5PM.

  8. I dont know whu GTC’s isn’t getting dismantled ( nicely ), and just put back in it’s original spot in the hotel portion.I waked by the other day, and the 2 9×3 windows, with the angled wood frames,still looked reasonably good.And antique-y.I only went a couple of times many years ago and I don’t remember the interior decor.
    Hmmm Recycle building materials hmmm.

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