In the last few weeks, the fate of the Plains Hotel has finally came to pass. The beloved pub for some and embarrassing dive for others is now a pile of rubble. It had been two years of waiting for something to happen. A nervous time for those who’d put their money into the Capital Pointe project. And, a sad time for patrons, as they watched their place lie dead but not buried for months.
With a long wait came a swift end; once the decision was made, it didn’t take long for the building to come down.
Now that the Plains is gone, I hope the folks behind Capital Pointe can get their affairs in order and start building. The project is well behind their initial dates. Some may see this change as a step in the right direction, but I am haunted by the Odeon Theatre’s destruction which resulted in an empty lot for years (now finally being worked on). Bottom line, Regina has another empty lot to fill and the group charged with adding to our city has, thus far, been less than impressive.