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Halifax Forum closure up for debate this week

The Halifax Forum.

It’s a moment of truth for the Halifax Forum.

City staff recommends closing the historic arena, which opened in 1927, and replacing it with a four-pad at nearby CFB Halifax Windsor Park at an estimated net cost of up to $18 million.

The Halifax Forum Community Association, a volunteer board that runs the Forum, has come up with its own plan to revitalize the aging structure by adding a new ice surface, multi-purpose facility and gymnasium. City staff pegs that proposal at $39 million.

Councillor Jennifer Watts tells Metro Halifax she supports the revitalization plan, which she says includes some “unique and really important” features a four-pad wouldn’t.

Community Association chair George Findlay tells Metro he’s confident council will vote to save the Forum, saying the four-pad proposal “doesn’t make sense.”

Regional council is set to debate the issue at its meeting this Tuesday.

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Where is heritage trust on this? This place has more history to it than some of the building downtown. If they do a 4 pad in that area will there be enough parking or will it be like the Metro Centre which makes parking while at an event almost impossible and expensive. I wonder who will benefit from this venture. I am sure it won’t be the tax payers.

July 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

Do we have money for that? 39 millions. Isn’t the economy in bad state right now?

July 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm