City approves new arena and 3 other major projects
After a marathon debate at city hall, Calgary city councillors have voted to move forward with not one but four(!!) major projects. We’ve now got an approved funding strategy for an expansion of the BMO Centre, renovations to Arts Commons, a new event centre and hockey arena in Victoria Park, and a new field house.
It’s definitely cool, but also comes with one heck of a price tag (with $1.5B approved)… and unfortunately for us non-councillor types, details on where the money will come from are remaining confidential for now. Boooooo.
Ward 8 rep Evan Woolley, in particular, isn’t a huge fan of the choice. Though he thinks we need a new arena, likes the idea of the convention centre and the field house, and supports the Arts Commons reno, too, he thinks undertaking everything at once is a bad call. According to him, our financial position might be looking a little sketchy after the quadruple job.
However, Mayor Naheed Nenshi says that the projects take us “close to the limit” but not over the line of doing too much. Guess we’ll have to decide for ourselves when more info on where the money will come from is released (probably around March 18).
What’re your thoughts on the situation, Calgary? Are you excited? Nervous? A little bit of both?