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Recommended option for new Beeton arena estimated at $18 million

Posted February 4, 2019

The final report for Phase 1 of the Beeton Facility Replacement Project to be presented tonight, includes four options and recommends the most expensive scenario with an estimated price tag of $17.9 million.

Option A involves the demolition of the existing building, and construction of a new
single-pad arena and community centre, at a Construction Cost of $17,985,916. (And that could climb to just over $19 million by the end of 2019), according to the "High Level Business Case" prepared by James Fryett Architect Inc. In comparison, the NTRC cost approximately

The preferred option includes:
- Indoor single ice pad based on NHL size rink dimension, and full change room
and support features
- Indoor multi-purpose community centre consisting of:
- Multi-purpose gymnasium/ event space + stage (including storage, coat
room, etc.)
- Community Kitchen to serve both the Multi-purpose Gymnasium/ Event
Space and Multi-Purpose Rooms
- Fitness Centre including space for free weights, cardio machines, exercise
and stretching
- Two Multi-Purpose Rooms each with a capacity of 25-30 persons
- Small Meeting Room/ Interview Room
- Change rooms/ Showers/ Washrooms for the gymnasium/ event space
and fitness centre
- Lobby/ Reception area including a warm viewing area, canteen/
concession, public washrooms, etc.
- Indoor walking path/ track.

The report does not include any financing options, other than to note that part of its financing will be development charges eligible. There is $14 million line item in the DC background report listed as an "ice pad." It is not allocated to a particular project. However, DCs require development, and currently new development is frozen in Beeton pending a long term solution to storm drainage issues.

"Staff will work on long range financial plan for the project and would explore grant opportunities to offset some of the costs of the preferred option including completing the project in two phases over long term and review partnerships with public/private groups," according to the report to council.

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by Tony Veltri