Arena location becomes a wedge issue after Harbour Grace insists on Jamie's Way

Terry Roberts
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Carbonear to 'reassess' parntership on $21 million project

Don Coombs is mayor of the Town of Harbour Grace

An insistence by the Town of Harbour Grace that a proposed new arena for the region be built along Jamie's Way was being described by one Carbonear municipal leader last week as a "crippler" in attempts to form an equal partnership on the project.

But Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs is defending his council's decision,saying Jamie's Way is the preferred site because it offers easy access to water and sewer services, is ideally located next to Veterans Memorial Highway, has plenty of available land for a building and ample parking, and is strategically situated for those who would be using the regional facility.

For complete story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 27, 2012 print edition of The Compass.

 

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  • Rhonda Parsons
    December 30, 2012 - 17:37

    It seems to be in the cards.... WE ARE DOOMED BY COOMBS!

  • Mac
    November 30, 2012 - 22:30

    Now that Hr. Grace has decided to go it alone and come up with 20% of the construction cost, they can put the arena where ever they want. Carbonear has nothing to complain about, they will have access to a state of the art facility only 10 minutes up the road and they are assuming no financial risk whatsoever.

  • hammond anson
    November 26, 2012 - 22:39

    interesting that coombs actually acted like a mayor, when trying to sell the electorate on the location, but disappears when real economic development is presented to support future endeavors.

  • jim
    November 26, 2012 - 16:39

    harbour grace needs carbonear.harbour grace is so far in debt that they cant afford anything.So at lease carbonear can afford it

  • Steve
    November 23, 2012 - 19:38

    Why is Carbonear even involved in this? Before the last provincial election, at the big press conference, funding for arenas in Paradise, CBS, and Harbour Grace was announced, there was no mention of Carbonear. It's Harbour Grace's arena, simple as that.

    • Jim
      November 25, 2012 - 09:00

      I feel that both Carbonear and Harbour Grace can benefit from this venture. The main concern I would have regarding the Facility is the management. That is were a committee has to be formed with representation from both Towns. They should be elected members and involved in the recreational programs and Schools in the area. Regarding the Location of this new Arena it is also important to view all aspects beginning with access egress, parking, Towns services, upcoming events,ect....... Not they we build a complex that can not accomidate to other usage, Concerts and Benifites being the main two. We also have to review the coast and the construction; to insure that the local contractors have a chance to bid on this project.

    • Pat
      November 25, 2012 - 11:17

      I see it like this I was born and raised in the Town of Carbonear and I went to High School in Harbour Grace. We in Carbonear have some members of our town who will cry about anything.. First of all they build this new Town Hall/ Civic center to host to events but they forget to add changing facilities, then they wast all this money on THE SUMMER GAMES and forget about our roads and other issues in the town; but best of all we Build a School in the side of a CLIFF . Now explain that. We all have to step back look at the meaning and naming the access into Harbour Grace Jamie's Way. I am proud to say he was a member of our neighboring Community that won a Gold Medal @ the Olympics. There are people from our Town Carbonear who new him personally and attended school with him. I would sooner see the Arena build on a location with ease of access to and from the VMH, Water and Sewer right there, than good money going to waste on a Prime Lot in the side of some Cliff!!!! Yes I am from Carbonear but I am also not proud of some of the decisions made by our so call Concealers. We all have to look around us and remember the generations to come, who can benefit from the new Facility.