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10-24-2012, 09:36 AM
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Markham councillors have deferred a site-plan report for an NHL-sized arena over concerns that they need more time to understand the impact of the $325 million project.

If Markham City Council had supported the report — which city staff recommended they endorse — it would have allowed the project’s private partner to begin planning the transportation, parking and road infrastructure around the 20,000-seat arena planned for the city’s downtown. Final site approval would still be contingent on several conditions, including council approval of the financial framework for the project.

Instead, council sent the report to the development committee to consider at its Nov. 6 meeting.

“If we are going to engage the public, we have to do it in the right way, “said Ward 4 Councillor Carolina Moretti.

A public meeting on Wednesday evening will give residents details on the infrastructure around the arena.
Scarpitti said the Memorandum of Understanding will be finalized and released in coming months and will be subject to a third party review.

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