April 30, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay is looking for citizens’ views, comments and suggestions on key questions and to discuss success criteria for a proposed Multipurpose Event Centre (Multiplex).
"This request for early input will help set the stage for the detailed feasibility study," said Mayor Lynn Peterson. "We want to involve citizens before designing the terms of reference of the study so that it is responsive to their needs and incorporates their questions and suggestions."
The Multiplex is proposed in the City’s Renew Thunder Bay Plan as a high priority, major legacy project over the next five years, City Council has approved completing a Phase 2 Feasibility Study to be conducted later this year. No other decisions have been made.
"The Fort William Gardens has served us well since 1951," said City Manager Tim Commisso. "This early-stage consultation, and the feasibility study that will follow, is about being ready when the time is right for a new multipurpose event centre."
There will be two Open House/Community Workshops held, with presentations at 7 pm followed by a question and answer forum and feedback opportunities:
Thursday, May 6
6:30 – 9 pm
DaVinci Centre, Marco Polo Room
340 Waterloo St. S Thursday, May 13
6:30 – 9 pm
Italian Cultural Centre, Main Hall
132 Algoma St. S
According to the Phase 1 Study, the Multiplex would:
• Have significant positive spin-off benefits on sport tourism, the arts community, and local hospitality and retail
• Require an estimated investment of $60+ million
• Generate $90 million in total spending impacts from construction
• Support more than 550 person years of employment from construction.
Other Ways Survey Available Following First Open House/Workshop:
• Printed copy at City Hall, Community Services in Victoriaville Civic Centre and Thunder Bay Public Library branches
Contact: Tim Commisso, City Manager, 625-2224