Saskatoon Downtown Event Center Approval that had been planned for late 2023 probably won’t happen until spring 2024.
A city committee meeting on Tuesday offered a look back at the five-year history of the planning process for the center.
Ward 4 Councilor Troy Davis said, “We’re still not at the point where it’s ‘go’ or ‘no go’ with a full financial plan and key partners on it.”
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As of now, the land has been procured, but the committee is still trying to rope in some key stakeholders before considering a decision.
He added that they are currently working to establish a private partner to secure funding for the project.
“It’s something we also need to make this a viable project,” Davis said.
Going forward, the committee plans to engage with the public and address any unbelievable rumors heard in Saskatoon about the project.
“Doubt is a good thing because it makes us go through all the steps to make sure we have answers for those and at the end of the day it comes down to whether we agree or disagree moving forward ,” Davis said. “We’re certainly not there yet, but once it’s time to make that decision, we’ll have all the information we need.”
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Davis said the committee has also asked the province to be part of the final decision.
The goal is to still make commuting to the downtown district free for Saskatoon residents.
Davis said, “There’s misinformation out there that this is a done deal and it will be on the back of the taxpayers and that’s not the case.”
The final product is still six to eight years away.
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