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(Posted 2:30 a.m., March 31)
City to seek private-public partner to build new east end arena complex

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Plans to expand the Potvin Arena on Shefford Road have themselves been expanded to include facilities for additional ice sports and a community program room.

The 27-year-old arena has undergone extensive refurbishments in 1995 and 2007. Under the city's lifecycle program it was scheduled to undergo additional maintaince work over the next three years totalling $365,000.

Last year, council approved an additional $4.3 million over four years to refurbish and potentially expand the arena. That decision precipitated discussions between city staff, Beacon Hill-Gyrville Ward Coun. Tim Tierney and potential users on the scope and design of an expanded arena,

When the proposals were costed out the pricetag was nowhere near the
$4.3 million that has already been earmarked for the project. The preliminary cost estimates for the most comprehensive package is in the $28 million range, while the more modest plan for a second ice pad, additional change rooms and a community room would cost about $18 million.

The only way to meet the needs of the community is to seek out a private sector partner who would be willing to take on the front end costs and manage the facility for a predetermined period of time. In return the city would purchase ice time from the propoenent at a preferred rate. In practical terms they would lease back the arena from the proponent.

The staff proposal will be presented to the finance and economic develop.m.ent committee on April 3. If it's approved it will go before city council on April 11.

Should council decide to go with the most comprehensive package the surrounding sports fields, including the outdoor volleyball courts and the soccer fields. would get swallowed up.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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