Parking limited at proposed civic centre

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Additional parking will have to be found near Colchester County's proposed civic centre when large events take place in the $50-million facility.
"The economics are not right to justify that expenditure for just a few times a year," Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor told the Truro Daily News.
"For the run-of-the-mill operation, we'll have enough parking spaces."
The proposed site for the civic centre is off of Exit 13 of Highway 102 and across Abenaki Road from the new hospital site.
Taylor said the civic centre was initially proposed to have 900 parking spaces when it was to be built for the Canada Games.
"That's a lot of pavement, a lot of expense that would only be used maybe 10 or 12 times a year," he said.
Now it is looking at more than 400 spaces with the hope of adding some more through in-filling, if granted approval by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
Taylor said it is also hoping to work with the Colchester Regional Hospital on parking for special events.
The committee also has to work out details so people don't park at the civic centre while going to the hospital.
"We don't want to be in competition with them for parking. We want to work with them on it," Taylor said.
The civic centre site still has not been secured and Taylor said the civic centre committee has not looked at a fallback plan.
"I think the political will is there, it's just a matter of making the right arrangement," he said.
"Right now it's just a matter of price."
The property has been appraised at more than $200,000 but Taylor remains hopeful it can get the land for $1.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Truro Daily News, Canada Games, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Colchester Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Colchester County, Abenaki Road

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  • Rob
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    they will park at the hospital for those 10-12 times a year they will need parking?!?!? Sorry folks, but when people go to book those big ticket events that will draw the crowds, the agents are going to look at that site and think... they have no parking, we won't be able to fill the venue... How does Moncton or Halifax sound?... And to echo what others have said, the issue of user fees for this place is always conveniently left out? Parking may not be an issue after all is only 20 people in town can afford to use the facility.......

  • Jon
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Sam, give me a call and I will update you. There has been a diligent process as it pertains to the development and costing of this project. Unlike your P3 planning comparison this has been a transparent process involving the community and well organized volunteers. If someone built your house for $0.50 on the dollar would you call it a White Elephant or would you think that would be a great opportunity? I have read many of your comments as it relates to the Civic Centre, this is an investment to help our community grow. Standing still is not an option, your taxes will go up anyway.

  • norm
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    @country girl and Jon,I don't like bashing and usually try to assuage such,but in the past while the contributors in this forum have been polite and put their valued opinions forward---I wish more people would.It is not bashing because 3/4 of the postings do not support the center.That's a trend that some may not like,but is the reality of the moment.I particularly liked the the stance of the one municipal councilor who had the foresight to indicate she'd poll her constituents before making promises that may be difficult to keep.
    I can't believe statements are being made such as only $25,000,000,the hospital barely managed to raise that .

  • Think of the cash grab
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Maybe they county could make up the extra cash from the parking fines when visitors park on town roads, or from private stores towing vehicles when visitors try to use their car parks.

    This project is way over priced for such a small community. How about fixing up and expanding what we have, at this rate we will get a big hike for which about 20% of th epopulation will benefit from, if it manages to pay for itself (which is doubtful, as these things never seem to), else our roads and such will continue to crumble and services decline to bail it out.

    We would all love a complex of this nature in our community however sometime we have to think how we are going to pay for it. Putting in on visa is not the answer for this one folks!

  • Tasman
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This is a venture that most people in the area will not use but will be forced to foot the bill for. No one has even said what the cost of using the facility will be for people and probably will be priced so that only the most fortunate in the area will be able to enjoy the facility. If the most fortunate people in the area want the center then let them foot the bill for it.

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    The idea that an infusion of revenue from the civic centre will stabilize or lower property tax rates is a pipe dream. If you're going to raise property taxes, fix the friggin streets and roads in this area; most residents want BASIC INFASTRUCTURE!!!!! How the heck are 'patrons' to the civic centre going to get there if their shocks, wheels, springs, tires, etc. are damaged? Visitors to this town will be about as impressed with our streets as they are with our downtown. I have heard numerous tourists and visitors comment on the embarrassing condition of our street. The county is no better. God forbid that our town engineer oversee the infastructure associated with the civic centre as he has with the shoddy paving and road work in this town. Jeeez ....

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Thank you for the offer Jon - i will take you up on your offer when I get back to Truro. Aside from the planning process you bring up a good point about the $0.50 on the dollar price,

    if someone offered to build my house for half price I would definately consider it -who wouldn't. That said, before I comitted to it I'd need to know exactly how much it was going to cost, if it was the best use of my money, and where I was going to get my half the money.

    With this project I don't see any of those three things nailed down yet the project has been green lighted, While the planning process may be transparent I still have concerns about the adequacy of it given the above points,

  • Think
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Civic Centre is a GREAT idea. Anyone who believes in cultural and recreational exposure for everyone in our community would support this project. The positive economic spin off will also be nice. If the land area is a problem for parking? Build up not out i.e. multi level parkade that can be used for other tenants from time to time as well i.e .farmer market, flea markets, craft shows, vehicle trade shows, road hockey tournaments etc etc. Think outside the box with positive spirit and all will be well. Bravo to all volunteers and community leaders behind this project!!!

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well Country Girl ....... this is just another example of the poor planning surrounding the white elephant that is going to become the civic centre. It's not bashing - it's pointing out the obvious.

    As someone whose is heavily involved in the planning and execution of 3P's it is painful to watch the planning process for the civic centre grind forward. I'm assuming these people are playing with our tax dollars, however, as of now no one can even tell me the firm plan for raising the money for this project.

    Expect to see more issues like the parking limitations raised in the future and expect the price of the project to increase accordingly.

  • It only
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    If it was financially viable it would of been built with private cash, no smart business person would put their money in this turkey. So why is the county putting our money in???

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Long range planning and common sense is not a big strength in Truro (Town Council) and surrounding areas.

  • DEH
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    400 parking spaces for a 3000 seat arena. Mark my words, three years from now everyone will be complaining about the lack of parking. Take the blinders off and consider a more appropriate site.

  • Country
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    And here come the civic center bashing comments again.......

  • jack
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Should be in Bible Hill at the Ex grounds.....