Stadium proposals narrowed
Harbour Grace arranging meeting between municipalities
The Town of Harbour Grace has narrowed the list of proposals for development of the proposed new stadium to three after a meeting with government officials early last week.
Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs said the meeting went well and that government is “fully supporting” the move to replace the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium.
There is a new system in place where the municipality is not left holding the bag should cost overruns occur on the project.
“I thought the meeting was productive and I was pleased with it,” said Coombs.
The process for selecting proposals and moving the project along is slower than Coombs expected. The six proposals were whittled down to three through a scoring process.
The next round began this week when the selections were being presented at a council meeting.
Other town’s involvement
Even with the progress that has been made on the proposal front, the proposed stadium is “still in the planning phase,” according to Coombs.
Coombs still has plans to get input from any town interested in having involvement in the project.
There are still questions to be answered such as seating capacity, design of the building and whether or not there is a need for two ice surfaces.
Coombs anticipates some of those answers will come about when Harbour Grace arranges a meeting for any municipality interested. That meeting is anticipated to happen at some point over the next couple of weeks.
When the meeting takes place, Coombs said all of the towns will be able to have its say on all things regarding the stadium.
“They will all get their input,” he said.
Where this new facility is going to be located will also be up for debate.
While older methods may have put site selection in the hands of the company that had the best proposal, now it is still very much in the hands of the municipalities, Coombs said.
The site is still expected to be along Jamie’s Way, leading to the Veterans Memorial Highway.
“Changes can be made throughout the process,” said Coombs.
There still is no timeline for when the project can expect to be completed.