Developer Darko Vranich

so... Mr Mayor....

the whispers are true....

gosh.. and we thought only Mr Bob was the Big Bad developer with ulterior motives...

1st Katz now Vranich--

but wasnt there an OPP investigation in 2008 involving the captioned fellows company and city officials with kick backs ... I certainly stand to be corrected?

This from the Ancaster News May 23 2008

The city has suspended its downtown loan program and a person involved reassigned after the OPP’s anti-racket’s officers charged a city employee with municipal corruption. Mayor Fred Eisenberger said the program has been stopped “temporarily? so an internal audit can be conducted on the program.

“The OPP has told us the program has not been compromised,? he said.

Mr. Eisenberger said he expects the internal probe to be completed within weeks.

“Hopefully it won’t take too long,? he said.

City Manager Glen Peace said the internal audit will begin immediately.

“This is about public confidence,? he said.

OPP Detective-Sergeant Martin Murray confirmed charges were laid against Gord Moodie, the co-ordinator of the city’s Downtown Municipal Incentives program. He is charged with one count of municipal corruption and breach of trust.

Mr. Murray refused to confirm who else was charged, but court documents revealed Dennis Vranich was also charged with municipal corruption.

Police allege Mr. Vranich paid Mr. Moodie $5,000 in November 2005 for helping his father, Darko Vranich, a well-known city developer, receive city loans.

A June 12 court date has been set.

Mr. Peace said Mr. Moodie has been reassigned to another department.

The OPP conducted a three-month investigation of the downtown loan program in late 2005 after Judy MacDonald-Musitano raised a complaint to senior city officials, then to the OPP about how the department was loaning out money.

Councillor David Mitchell also raised concerns about the loans program at the time.

“I hope justice is done,? said Mr. Mitchell. “I don’t want taxpayers out any money.?

Mr. Murray said new information was provided to the OPP in March 2008 that led them to continue their investigation.

Mr. Murray said they will continue to follow the evidence wherever it might lead.

The OPP stated to city employees following their completed investigation of the loan program on Dec. 14 that it “did not uncover evidence of criminal wrong doing.?

An internal audit, authorized by former Mayor Larry Di Ianni and Mr. Peace had been conducted on the Downtown Renewal Division’s financial-assistance programs, known as the Downtown Residential Loans, Commercial Property Improvements Grants, and Enterprise Zone Realty Tax grants.

An external audit was also conducted by the city’s accounting firm.

Although there was no criminal wrong doing found from the city’s audit, confirmed Mr. Peace, the September 2005 internal audit conducted by the city’s Ann Pekaruk found administrative problems with the loan program.

She noted there was no formalized risk assessment of applicants; applications were reviewed, received and recommended by one person; and some financial information could not be found.

Mr. Peace said of the 16 recommendations made by the audit, 13 have been implemented.

The latest audit will be the third conducted on the program within a two-and-a-year period.

The Downtown Residential Loan Program, which offers interest-free loans from a $20 million line of credit, had leveraged about $37 million in development. An additional $10 million was going to be authorized by the city next month.

The projects included the Chateau Royal condominium development on James Street, and the condominium conversion o the former Hamilton Spectator building at 80 King William Street.

Overall, the downtown residential loan program has contributed to about $80 million in redevelopment projects in the city’s core.

Mr. Eisenberger remained positive about the charges, saying the investigation won’t hurt Hamilton’s image.

“That’s why we are conducting the audit,? he said. “This will not taint the entire administration nor the entire city.?

It is suspicious this is the guy Bratina and Mayor Fred want to do business with. Follow the money…

Well he's certainly done a fine job with HMP and the old Federal Building. How can they even think to take any of his proposals seriously.

It was obvious someone had something on Fred... :lol:

Did he take the envelopes ? Was he photographed with some young eastern european "dancers" ?

It will all come out, it always does.

Shame on Bratina He been on of Worst at Spreading Misinformation about the Process

To think he use to call games for this Team Shame Shame on him

This is looking more and more of a joke.

More pie in the sky.

EMBARRASSING for Hamilton.

There is something that just does not feel right.

brox

I found this.........yikes......... :expressionless:

what the hell ?... Sex Slavery?

http://www.thespec.com/article/274565

[i]"In January 2001, Vranich was ordered to pay more than $85,000 in fines and surcharges after being convicted on three counts of prostitution-related offences and three charges of falsifying immigration records.

The charges were laid in 1999 following a joint police task force investigation into complaints that young Hungarian women were being lured to this country with the prospect of lucrative jobs as exotic dancers.

The section of the Criminal Code under which Vranich was convicted in 2001 refers to procuring persons under the age of 18 and exercising control over them to engage in prostitution.[/i]

Nice find... Daddy's boy and business manager :wink:

Yes that is for sure when ever i visit Hess Village I make sure I park right beside that huge eyesore (Old Federal Building) so I can sit back and wondering who is the dip-&^T who owns that property. Nice way to make you feel that the city is making every reasonable effort to enhance the downtown core. Just more smoke and mirrors from the morons who manage our city.

Still waitng for the city to bring in the Papalias and Musitanos with their plans for the West Harbour.

Hamilton history at its best :roll:

I wouldn't trust Mayor Fred as far as I could throw him but then again right now I think I could throw him pretty far. Somebody's getting their palm's greased, I don't know who but all that smell coming from the toxic WH site isn't just from the toxic chemicals that have been dumped down their over the years. :cowboy:

Bratina should enter a marathon and just keep running out of town

Totally agree with you "defense rules". Brattina is complicit in running the Cats out of town. He's another two faced leftie that stabbed them in the back. Maybe when he didn't get to call the games seven years ago when Bob took over, he got a burr up his butt. :cowboy:

Developer owns troubled building
What will Denis Vranich do with Dundurn eyesore that cost $1.5 million?

Steve Arnold and Lisa Grace Marr
The Hamilton Spectator
(Oct 2, 2007)

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Denis Vranich is the latest owner of 220 Dundurn St. -- a sorry four-acre plot of land with a large building that has at times acted as a hosiery factory, school board storage facility and flophouse.

Land registry records show Vranich purchased the site Jan. 31 for $1.5 million under the name 220 Dundurn St. Inc.

The building on the site has been plagued with problems that have intensified since 2004 when its third-floor caught fire under then-suspicious circumstances. In 2005, under the ownership of a numbered company in Thornhill, the city had dozens of calls a week from residents complaining about the derelict state of the building.

Brian McHattie, Ward 1 councillor, said the plot at the corner of Chatham and Dundurn streets has been at the top of his priority list since he was elected four years ago.

"It is one of the great frustrations in the city how these abandoned buildings can bring down neighbourhoods," he said.

McHattie said he met with Vranich twice since he purchased the property and while there were no definite plans discussed, Vranich indicated he hoped to submit building plans to the city by the end of November.

"I'm not getting too excited except I'll give him a call about it at that time."

McHattie said the city has received two property standard complaints since Vranich purchased the property.

"We've sent over cleanup crews and just added it to his tax bill -- just what we've done with previous owners."

Paul Buckle, acting co-ordinator of the municipal law enforcement division, said two orders to clear up the property and a third to secure it against trespassers have been issued. The boarding up of windows was done by a city contractor. The status of the cleanup work remains uncertain, but Buckle said if work is being done at the property now, it is likely ordered by Vranich.

Vranich did not return phone calls from The Hamilton Spectator. His father, developer Darko Vranich, refused to comment.

Since 1998, the building has been through five owners -- the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board sold it for $400,000 to a company called Dundurn Street Loffts Inc. which planned to turn it into loft apartments. A year after the purchase Dundurn Loffts gave a $1.5 million mortgage to Mississauga-based Retrocom Growth Fund Inc. Retrocom took possession of the property under power of sale in 2003 and sold it to 1574296 Ontario Inc., of Thornhill, for $2 million. The numbered company then sold it this year to Vranich for $1.5 million.

Neighbour Mark Powell, was delighted by the chance something might finally happen with a building which has been a blight on the neighbourhood for years. "If we can do anything to expedite something happening there I'm sure the whole community will get behind it," he said.

Ward 2 Councillor Bob Bratina said it was his understanding that Denis has a business separate from his father.

But Bratina said that both father and son don't "just sit on properties, (they) do things with them."

Darko Vranich owns the former Hamilton Motor Products (HMP) building on Bay Street and is proposing a 120-room Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel at that site. He is also behind plans for a 100-room Holiday Inn Express at King and Queen streets and a 60-room Days Inn at Main and Spring streets.

[b]Bratina said Darko Vranich told him he intends to submit plans to the city's building department in October, which will have details about the Hilton hotel complex.

"He's had to change his plans for the (HMP) building at the behest of the heritage committee," said Bratina.[/b]

Darko Vranich, with partner Steve Pocrnic, is also behind a plan to transform ratty buildings on Main Street West, Hess Street South and Queen Street South into modern loft-office combinations, while Denis Vranich and partner John Bukovac are behind plans for a $30-million hotel-office project at Golf Links and Stone Church roads in Ancaster's Meadowlands.

Denis Vranich, 31, pleaded guilty in court in September to sexually assaulting a female bartender at a Hess Street business where he is property owner and manager. He is to be sentenced Oct. 30.

He is not the first owner of the Dundurn Street building to find himself in court -- in 2005 Dundurn Loffts owner Adam J. Stelmaszynski of Brantford and two of his companies were convicted of four charges under the federal Excise Tax Act in a Brantford court.


DC8310-31-2007, 02:12 AM
Denis Vranich sentenced to house arrest for attack

October 30, 2007
BY BARBARA BROWN
The Hamilton Spectator

A Hess Village businessman who sexually assaulted a female bartender will serve a year under house arrest.
He’s also barred from entering the village without the written permission of his conditional sentence supervisor.
Denis Vranich, 31, was ordered by Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel to wear an electronic-monitoring bracelet on his ankle while serving his conditional sentence. The 12-month term will be followed by a further year of reporting to a probation officer.
Vranich, who owns the property and manages the Elixir Lounge and Nightclub, pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting a 22-year-old staff member. He admitted to cornering and attacking the woman on the night of July 20, 2006, while she was bartending at a private, after-hours party.
The Ancaster man, who is involved in several property development projects around the city, made two separate appearances at the John Sopinka Courthouse yesterday. Earlier, he was found guilty of impaired driving and refusing a breathalyser demand by police.
Those charges arose on Aug. 11, 2006, after Vranich crashed a Porsche into a ditch while exiting the King Street West ramp to Highway 403. The sports car was destroyed and Vranich was dazed but not seriously injured.
This was Vranich’s first drinking-and-driving conviction, although he has 31 prior convictions under the Highway Traffic Act. “It’s certainly an atrocious driving record,? said Ontario Court Justice Don Cooper, who handed Vranich $1,600 in fines and suspended his licence for 18 months.
Under the terms of his conditional sentence and probation order for the sexual assault, Vranich is prohibited from consuming alcohol for two years.
Assistant Crown attorney Stan Dudzic told court at Vranich’s guilty plea last month that on the night the bartender was assaulted, she was dressed in a corset, garter belt and stockings in keeping with management’s “lingerie night? theme.
He said Vranich grabbed the woman, pulled down her bodice, groped her breasts and penetrated her with his finger.
The convicted man, the son of well-known property developer Darko Vranich, will have his name on the national sex offender registry for 10 years and a sample of his blood will be analyzed and submitted to Canada’s national criminal database.
The victim told Judge Zabel she felt defiled and humiliated after the assault.
“The thought of him makes me absolutely nauseous and brings on panic attacks,? she said in a victim impact statement.
“When I go anywhere and someone I used to work with is there, I leave immediately because I feel humiliated.?
The recommendation of the Crown and defence lawyer Dean Paquette for a period of house arrest caused a public outcry when it was reported in The Spectator last month.
Hamilton resident Crystal Stevens started a petition on Facebook to protest the proposed sentence.
She collected close to 1,700 names before the social networking website received a complaint and shut the group down.
Approximately 20 people, including Stevens and Lenore Lukasik-Foss, director of Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre, joined a walk on Saturday from the downtown courthouse to Hess Village to protest the sentence.
“If you’re being placed on the national sex offender registry, you should be spending some time in jail,? said Stevens.
In January 2001, Vranich was ordered to pay more than $85,000 in fines and surcharges after being convicted on three counts of prostitution-related offences and three charges of falsifying immigration records.
The charges were laid in 1999 following a joint police task force investigation into complaints that young Hungarian women were being lured to this country with the prospect of lucrative jobs as exotic dancers.
The section of the Criminal Code under which Vranich was convicted in 2001 refers to procuring persons under the age of 18 and exercising control over them to engage in prostitution.

Want a suggestion on what to do with the Future Fund? Give the owners maybe 2 years to do something with the buildings like the one on Dundurn, if they don't clean them up expropriate and demolish them, then sell the vacant property. They are just doing demolition by neglect. Clean them up one at a time, same with the building they found on Hess.

sad sack council.. lives up to hamilton s reputation as a lost cause..

but hey, if you ever want to watch velodrome racing...go to the west harbour and perhaps when you are done you can go to one of darkos strip clubs..

OPP Detective-Sergeant Martin Murray confirmed charges were laid against Gord Moodie, the co-ordinator of the city’s Downtown Municipal Incentives program. He is charged with one count of municipal corruption and breach of trust.

Mr. Murray refused to confirm who else was charged, but court documents revealed Dennis Vranich was also charged with municipal corruption.

Police allege Mr. Vranich paid Mr. Moodie $5,000 in November 2005 for helping his father, Darko Vranich, a well-known city developer, receive city loans.

A June 12 court date has been set.

Mr. Peace said Mr. Moodie has been reassigned to another department.

The OPP conducted a three-month investigation of the downtown loan program in late 2005 after Judy MacDonald- Musitano raised a complaint to senior city officials, then to the OPP about how the department was loaning out money


I should have read the whole article before making jest.

Brattina is good friends with Darko Vranich. I wonder if Vranich wanted to stadium in the WH. :cowboy:

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