The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the latest object of casino rumours

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the latest object of casino rumours

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Ontario Place is off the list of probable sites for a GTA casino, but an even more central downtown waterfront location could now be in the running. Citing two unnamed sources within Oxford Properties Group, the Toronto Star reports the company is interested in adding a casino-entertainment complex to their big revamp of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and nearby properties. Should city council okay a casino in Toronto, the centre would propose dedicating one floor to gambling in a project that would also have retail and office space and, naturally, condos. Still, we’d guess that proposal would be unlikely to succeed. First, Oxford’s plan hardly sounds like the massive entertainment complex that Paul Godfrey envisions and MGM has proposed. And second, the unnamed sources from the property group portrayed the company as “joining in the casino discussions with less zeal” than the Las Vegas developers. And it’s going to to take plenty of zeal to push a project as contentious as a downtown casino through to completion. [Toronto Star]