Moncton: Three developers express interest in building downtown sports complex

highfield square moncton (from Google maps)
Highfield Square Mall, from Google Maps

Moncton city officials announced that it has three major players interested in developing a new downtown sports and entertainment complex at the former Highfield Square Mall property, reports CBC News.

EllisDon, known for Toronto’s Rogers Centre, will be among those to participate in the request for proposals process, slated to begin this fall, Moncton’s City Manager Jacques Dubé said.

The other contenders include: Bird Construction, responsible for the Thunderbird Sports Centre, built for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and L’Aréna des Canadiens Inc.’s Evenko, which built the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens, he said.

Dubé said he expects council will begin to evaluate each proposal next spring and should have all the information it needs to make a decision within the next 15 months.

Meanwhile, council must decide by this June whether to purchase the 4.5 hectares of land for the project, which is estimated to cost between $80 million and $100 million.

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