True North pleased arena project a priorityONEPLAN

By Star Staff.

The True North Strong Centre project was one of four projects city council voted to prioritize during a meeting last week.

This means the vision for a new multi-use sports, entertainment and business centre will receive priority assessment in the weeks ahead to determine its viability, economic impact and contribution to quality of life, True North Strong Centre officials say.

“We are very pleased that city council and the mayor have elected to move forward in considering our proposal among those best suited to provide significant economic stimulus and have a lasting impact on quality of life for Greater Sudbury,” Dario Zulich said in a release.

Zulich is working with fellow Sudbury business leaders Perry Dellelce and Andrew Dale in the True North Strong group.

“Since proposing a world class events centre last November, we have been asking for an open and transparent RFP process to begin through which the best vision for a new events centre would be realized for our entire community,” Zulich added. “Timing is critical for a project of this nature, and the best opportunity for Greater Sudbury to build a new multi-purpose venue is now.

“We are eager to work with city officials as they begin to seek additional information about our project and conduct a thorough analysis of the economic impact and the significant potential that a sports, entertainment and business centre can deliver to our region.”

True North Strong says its plan offers the best state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue at the lowest cost, on a site in the centre of Greater Sudbury and in the growth path for the region along the Kingsway.

The building site is already zoned for construction, which means the new centre could be open two years after receiving construction approval.

For more about True North Strong, visit www.truenorthstrong.info.