Ice Park developers denied $300K development charge waiver
Windsor city council approved a grant of more than $600,000 for the developers of the Central Park Athletic Complex, formerly the Ice Park, at Central Avenue and Grand Marais Road.
Council voted against waiving an additional development charge of more than $300,000.
Mayor Eddie Francis cast the tie-breaking vote.
Developer James King says that jeopardizes an indoor soccer facility:
"Based on their decision, it's a little disappointing. We believe the [community improvement plan] has a process and we followed that process. And inside that process we believe there is relief for taxes and development charges and we went after it," King said. "I just want to be positive and keep things moving."
The $17-million project is expected to become a major sports tourism draw for Windsor.
"Obviously it's going to affect the community, too," King said of being denied the $300,000. "The people are going to have to pay more money to come to our facility. We do appreciate what the city has done by giving us relief on the taxes, so that's a positive."