Sta­dium pro­pos­als nar­rowed

Har­bour Grace ar­rang­ing meet­ing be­tween mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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