Sudbury defers vote on location of downtown convention centre
"I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for more time," says councillor
It's a $110 million decision — and Sudbury city council has decided it needs to take time more time on it.
Council members voted Wednesday night to defer the final decision of the location of its proposed conference and performance centre — formerly known as the Synergy Centre — until January, 2018.
Council is also trying to decide on the downtown location for a new main library branch and a new home for the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
Staff recommended that all three projects be built on the site of the current Sudbury Arena on Elgin Street, once the new arena is built on the Kingsway.
Coun. Deb McIntosh made the motion to defer, which passed by a vote of nine to four.
"It's a big decision, it's a $110 million decision," McIntosh said. "So I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for a bit more time with the document."
"It came out last week In the middle of last week, which is later than we normally get these documents."
McIntosh compared the significance of this decision to a similar vote last year, in which council decided to locate its new arena on the Kingsway.
"[When we were] choosing between the downtown and the Kingsway [arena locations], it seemed like we had a lot of time," McIntosh said. "And there was a lot of public engagement on that."
"Whereas I don't think the public was ready [for this decision] and didn't know where were all the options, even. So I just want a bit of time to mull it over."