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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:01   #1
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How did we let this potential field slip through our fingers??

As a community, we just missed a great opportunity..

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/47874944

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/busines...094/story.html

Sold for 100k which is "fair market value", think if everyone chipped in and we offered them 150k, they'd sell it to us? hah

oh the field that could have been... I woulda made a donation to play there
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:09   #2
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ohhh wow!

that could have been the most epic field of all time...

crazy! 100k?????!!!? my house is worth more than all of that...

it would have made craig complex look like a day care centre
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:16   #3
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Who knows what conditions there were on that sale.

I expect there were conditions required to develop the site for an approved use.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:18   #4
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there HAS to be some millionnaire airsofter somewhere
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:18   #5
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Oh i'm sure there's tons of regulations, requirements and maintenance costs that actually WOULD make it prohibitive to any normal group.. just saying it would have been an awesome field.

even if we did just let it fall apart
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:20   #6
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Who knows what conditions there were on that sale.

I expect there were conditions required to develop the site for an approved use.
This --^ is more likely the case.


An airsoft "interest group" might have found a way to purchase it, but a facility of that size would require $HUGE$ to make it safe/secure for airsoft (glass/toxic chemical remediation, etc.) and for ongoing minimal maintenance. It's the ongoing $$ that would torpedo the venture for our notoriously cheap community of airsofters. You'd have to have very deep pockets or host a shit tonne of games every week just to stay out of the red ink.

Nice to dream though...


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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:24   #7
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Were in the process of shutting down an oil refinery here in sarnia, and I swear it'd make a fuckin awesome field... Never gonna happen tho. :-(
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:24   #8
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oh wow...imagine the property taxes though
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:28   #9
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They also said "That study found that the site does have heritage significance, and company president Joe Gallipeau said by phone Monday that he will be working within specific guidelines and restrictions to make sure that significance is looked after".

Heritage buildings are a pain beyond regular costs!
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:34   #10
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My friends and I used to drive there at night to smoke pot. Such an eerie, creepy place. Just to think the whole place was built for developmentally challenged folks. Like the Canadian govt. Had this idea to build this place and send all the handicap people in Canada there. It is humungous! It was in good shape too, from what we could see on our adventures the place looked decent. And most buildings were still in use for office space and other things. Very eerie though...
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Old July 13th, 2011, 15:46   #11
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night ops there would be amazing
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night ops there would be amazing
ANY ops woudl be amazing there..
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Old July 13th, 2011, 20:43   #13
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Wow, you'd think this group would be a lot more consumer savvy...

"Buyer beware" applies to real estate as well: no one wanted to pony up more than $100k for this complex? That should be a giant red flag right there.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 20:46   #14
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As the governement said, considering the maintenance and/or destruction fees, it was fair market value...
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Old July 13th, 2011, 20:47   #15
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Holy crap that's cheap.
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