Nova Scotia

Neighbours denounce Dalhousie arena idea

Neighbours don't want Dalhousie University to put a new arena across the street from the old one.

Neighbours don't want Dalhousie University to put a new arena across the street from the old one.

The school in Halifax's south end is considering tearing down the rink this year. One option is to rebuild across from the current facility on South Street.

But residents made it clear they don't like that.

"What people are really concerned about is ghettoization, and South Street is teetering," David Patriquin said at a community meeting Monday night.

Chipman Hall said the university promised it wouldn't build south of South Street.

"Sometimes you need to respect the commitments that you make," he said.

The university may demolish Dalhousie Memorial Arena because it's building a new residence next to it.

Officials say the rink has an old and unusual roof that cannot take the extra load of snow that could fall off the residence, and it may not be worth renovating it.

Dalhousie president Tom Traves said there is talk of building a new multiplex across from the IWK Health Centre's emergency entrance.

"Dalhousie has a need and all of the sort of community groups who use it have a need. Saint Mary's [University] has a need. Maybe there's something we can do together," Traves said.

The university promises more public consultation before it makes a decision.

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