Edmonton council approves $601M arena project
Edmonton city council voted on Wednesday in favour of a re-drawn downtown arena plan valued at $601 million.
The arena itself would cost $480 million, with the Winter Garden set at $53 million. A pedestrian corridor, LRT connection, community rink and cost of purchasing the arena lands would add $68 million to the total.
The deal calls for the city to put up $219 million (raised through a community revitalization levy), Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz to put up $143 million with $114 million to come from other levels of government.
A ticket surcharge would raise another $125 million.
The latest proposal increases the city's share by a "quite manageable" $5 million compared to the October 2011 framework, said city CFO Lorna Rosen.
The CBC’s Scott Lilwall (@scott_lilwall) and Scott Fralick (@ScottFralick) live-tweeted all the action as it unfolded at Wednesday's council meeting.