Funds under infrastructure investment program have already been committed
Leo Steele, chairman of the Northside Civic Centre Society, said the B-FIT program was a key ingredient for the project moving forward with the provincial share of the civic centre funding.
“The past PC government and the present NDP government recognized the importance of this project to the community and supported it under that funding program,” Steele said. “ The community and the civic centre committee are looking forward to Feb. 19 when tenders close for the project. We’re anticipating getting a contractor in place three weeks from that date.”
Steele said construction of the new civic centre should be well underway in the spring.
Site preparation work for the civic centre is expected to be complete within a week to 10 days.
The $12-million project will be financed by the three levels of government. The federal and provincial government’s share is $4 million each, while the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has earmarked $2.5 million in funding and $1.5 million is being raised from the community.
The civic centre will feature an NHL-sized ice surface, heated seating for 1,000, dressing rooms, a walking track, administration, first aid room, minor hockey office, skate sharpening, canteen and seating area. The facility will also include two community meeting rooms, with the upstairs room overlooking the ice surface.