Katz Group on Arena & Design Consultation Report
Bob Black, Executive VP, Edmonton Arena Corp/Katz Group comments
With respect to the arena itself, we are very pleased by the public's strong continuing support for the design and master plan, and remain optimistic that we can achieve further reductions to the current estimated cost of construction. The obvious challenge is to find a way to do that without sacrificing the integrity of the arena design, or the revenue streams we need to sustain our investment.
We have told Administration that while some of the ideas it has proposed have merit, others do not. This is not an easy problem, and is further complicated by the fact that the community rink, Winter Garden over 104th Avenue, and related commercial areas are integral to the arena’s structure and design. We are also concerned about rising construction costs if the project is delayed.
We remain committed to working with City Administration, PCL, ICON and 360 to achieve a great result for Edmonton. However, a number of significant issues remain unresolved. This initiative can only proceed if the project as a whole makes sense and is fair and acceptable to all parties.
-- Bob Black, Executive Vice President, Edmonton Arena Corp/Katz Group