Civic centre funding on its way: Taylor

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Civic centre funding on its way: Taylor

TRURO - Area residents can expect an early Christmas present Monday.
Premier Rodney MacDonald is coming to town to announce infrastructure funding and while his office is mum about the details, the Truro Daily News has learned it will involve money for a new regional civic centre.
"There will be a funding announcement," Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor said, when asked about the premier's visit to Truro on Monday morning.
"That's a big part of moving this project forward," he said, in direct reference to the civic centre project. "So this will really spur it on now that the province is finally coming to the table to do this."
Last July, the county and the Town of Truro signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at constructing a new regional civic and sports centre.
The project is expected to cost about $33 million. The province is expected to pay a third.
"There was a verbal commitment (from the province) but this will make sure it is going to happen now that we have a firm commitment. I'm sure that is what we are going to hear and in an amount that will make this affordable for us," Taylor said.
The announcement is to take place at 10 a.m. in Truro council chambers.
Based on the agreement signed by the two municipalities, $2.4 million of the total cost is to be used to upgrade the existing Colhester Legion Stadium. The main focus in that facility will be on repairing the deteriorating concrete surface.
The proposed site for the facility is near Exit 13, off Highway 102, across Abenaki Road from where the new regional hospital is being constructed.
The 9.5-acre site is owned by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and while Taylor said he would like to see the province donate the land to the cause, he doubts that will be the case.
"We'd love to have it granted over but we expect there will be a purchase price."
But the most important thing, he said, will be to have the provincial commitment in hand. "It's a great comfort level, that's for sure."
It is also expected that the federal government will come forward with an equal measure of funding but no commitment has yet been made.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Truro Daily News, Truro council, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: TRURO, Colchester County, Colhester Legion Stadium Abenaki Road

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