Stadium contract to be awarded
Talks on regional facility likely to resume this week, says Harbour Grace mayor
The Town of Harbour Grace is reviewing six construction proposals for the new stadium and is currently deciding on which one to accept.
That decision was expected to be made at a meeting with provincial government officials on June 18, according to Mayor Don Coombs.
“It’s in the last hands of government now,” he said last week.
The mayor said once the decision has been made, the issue will be brought back to the municipal level for more meetings with his fellow municipal leaders in the Conception Bay North region. That meeting might occur sometime this week. “The towns are going to be informed of what we’re doing,” said Coombs.
The new stadium has been a hot button topic in the CBN region since the announcement of close to $20 million in funding last year.
Coombs said the process surrounding the construction of the stadium has been “totally different” from what he thought it would be.
While Cooms declined to comment on a possible timeline for when work will begin on the new rink, he would indicate that “things are looking good” for the construction of what would be the replacement of the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium.
As for a location, Coombs said the town still has its sights on putting the new building on Jamie’s Way, the road leading into Harbour Grace from the Veterans Memorial Highway.
Coombs said there have been talks of making the new facility a regional one.
“I think if this is going to work, it’s going to have to be a regional facility,” he said.
Last month, the town held two meetings with officials of towns from Brigus to Salmon Cove to discuss the stadium and the chance of these communities supporting a regional facility.
Coombs said the response has been favourable.
Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs.
Carbonear town councillor David Kennedy said he has not heard anything new on the stadium in about a month.
“It seems that Harbour Grace is interested in completing the project by themselves as they are progressing step-by-step on their own,” he said in an email. “To me this is best kind because all I am interested in is bringing the facility in our area.”
Brigus has since stated that it will not be supporting the new facility when it is built.
There are still plans to use this site on Jamie’s Way in Harbour Grace for the proposed new stadium.