Markham Arena II
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05-27-2013, 02:15 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
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Any developments here?
Latest news was in April, an editorial from the Star urging Markham's City Council to release more details about the project:
Last April the city announced a proposal to build a 20,000-seat arena in the heart of Markhamís new downtown, near Kennedy Rd. and Hwy 407. The pitch included an unorthodox financial framework involving a private sector partner. But thereís widespread doubt that this facility could actually snag a National Hockey League team, and even more skepticism surrounding its prospects without one.
The unseemly haste evident here, scant consultation, financial manoeuvres, and the arenaís uncertain future make it all the more important for the public be fully informed about whatís being proposed. How else can residents judge whether the project is a worthwhile investment?
Yet instead of disclosing key files, records and consultantís analyses, the city is hiding them from taxpayers and the media. Requests to see expert reports on the arenaís feasibility have been denied to both this newspaper and the Markham Village Ratepayers Association. As the Starís Tony Van Alphen reports, even Markham city councillors were allowed to see the material only after signing a confidentiality agreement forbidding them from discussing its contents.
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