Down to two

Lo­ca­tion for Har­bour Grace sta­dium al­most de­ter­mined

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

Af­ter a month with no pub­lic up­dates, the Har­bour Grace arena steer­ing com­mit­tee chair Joey Ge­orge has an­nounced that the sug­gested lo­ca­tion of the new sta­dium will be de­cided by the end of July.

Only a month ago the com­mit­tee said there were eight po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions up for con­sid­er­a­tion, but that num­ber has dras­ti­cally de­creased.

“We are down to two po­ten­tial sites,” he said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view with The Com­pass last week.

All eight un­named po­ten­tial sites were graded on an undis­closed list of cri­te­ria to avoid pub­lic crit­i­cisms or bias. That list re­mains in the hands of the com­mit­tee.

The phys­i­cal de­ci­sions on the new arena are also still up for dis­cus­sion as the com­mit­tee has given a lo­cal with a sig­nif­i­cant ath­letic back­ground the op­por­tu­nity to as­sess the needs of the pub­lic.

Car­bon­ear na­tive Stephanie Bourne has been cho­sen to do the re­port for new sta­dium by speak­ing with dif­fer­ent groups and clubs that will be us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties when they open.

Bourne, who was man­ager of the 2012 NL Sum­mer Games in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace, has also been vis­it­ing other sta­dium com­plexes in the re­gion to find out the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive as­pects of each fa­cil­ity. The com­mit­tee will then con­sider them for the new arena.

Stan­tec en­gi­neer­ing firm — who has been on board the pro­ject since it be­gan sev­eral months ago — has been do­ing a phys­i­cal anal­y­sis of the two sites to help de­ter­mine the spec­i­fi­ca­tions and po­ten­tial for con­struc­tion of the new build­ing and which would work best, Ge­orge said.

Ge­orge and the com­mit­tee ex­pect the re­ports to be done in the next week so when the com­mit­tee meets again more de­tails can be de­ter­mined.

When they have de­cided the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the site, the com­mit­tee will use both re­ports— Stan­tec’s and Bourne’s — to sug­gest one of the two lo­ca­tions as the best op­tion.

All of the in­for­ma­tion col­lected will be pre­sented to Har­bour Grace town coun­cil for ap­proval in late July. It will also need the ap­proval from of­fi­cials with the provin­cial govern­ment be­fore fi­nal ap­proval can be made.

Al­though the de­ci­sion has been a lengthy process, Ge­orge and the com­mit­tee are still con­fi­dent the pro­ject will still run on sched­ule. If that proves to be true, a ground break­ing cer­e­mony should take place this Septem­ber.

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