Liberty Group floats Casa Loma proposal

Liberty Entertainment Group has put forward a recommendation to revitalize Toronto's iconic Casa Loma.

Plan includes a restaurant, upgrades to the event space

Toronto's palatial Casa Loma will be the scene of a mass wedding Thursday involving about 110 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited couples. The mass wedding is considered the first of its kind in Canada. (CBC)

Casa Loma, one of the city's oldest attractions, may be getting a new lease on life.

Liberty Entertainment Group has put forward a recommendation to revitalize the iconic Edwardian manor. The company is known for its upscale events and venues, such as the Liberty Grand and the Rosewater.

Their plan includes a restaurant and upgrades to the event space, revenue that could help fund a Toronto museum on the property.

A year ago, the city asked for proposals from companies for the future of the iconic castle.

"There were some ideas just to sell the castle, turn it into a hotel, maybe even a casino," said Coun. Josh Matlow.

Casa Loma's fate has been in limbo for more than two years since the city ended a longterm agreement with the Kiwanis Club to manage the site. At one point Mayor Rob Ford said a $20-million repair backlog and high operating costs may force the city to sell the 98-room manor.

The Liberty Grand proposal will be brought to the city's executive committee meeting next week, before heading to city council in November.

With files from CBC's Kimberly Gale


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