2:30 a.m., March 31)
to seek private-public partner to build new east end arena
By Fred Sherwin
to expand the Potvin Arena on Shefford Road have themselves
been expanded to include facilities for additional ice
sports and a community program room.
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.
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
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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