Recreation complex confirmed by Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent through fax
After receiving a fax from the minister of municipal affairs, Steve Kent, dated yesterday (May 29), the Town of Harbour Grace is moving ahead with its new proposed stadium.
Earlier today three town officials, Mayor Terry Barnes, Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams and chief administrative officer Lisa Carroll, stopped by The Compass to announce the confirmation from government to proceed with construction of the recreation complex.
“Further to our most recent conversation, I am pleased to advise you that the review of the documents by (department) officials pertaining to the financial viability of the (complex), and the department is prepared to proceed with the project,” read the fax, which was signed by Kent.
Barnes explained the next step is digging test holes in the chosen location, the east side ofJamie's Way next to Veterans Memorial Highway, and hopefully begin construction in the coming months. A meeting is expected to take place between the town and government officials before test holes are dug.
The facility is being built at a cost-shared project, 20 per cent by the town and 80 per cent through the government.
The financial viability for the 20 per cent, paying back bank loans and maintaining the stadium has been placed in the town’s hands. If the anticipated revenue isn’t met, the government will not step in to cover any expenses.
“It must be noted that this decision is based on financial projections provided by the town and should any of these projections not be realized, the department will in no way be responsible for the variance,” Kent said.
The project has been held up since September, after changes were made to the design and financial information was being collected. It will eventually replace the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium.
Williams and Barnes said they are excited for the project to finally begin.
“This is big news,” Barnes exclaimed.