Council will now decide the fate of the Northside Multi-Use Facility’s phase two.
The Sustainable Development Committee voted unanimously to adopt a recommendation from administration to cancel the recreation centre portion of the facility, which included a pool and other possible amenities.
Administration advised that since phase two was unfunded by council and hadn’t yet been approved, it would be prudent to cancel it to allow phase one’s construction. The facility will now be a standalone twin ice pad.
The cancellation recommendation comes after the RMWB had already spent $5.5 million in consultations, preparations, and designs on the project.
“It’s a $300 million price tag that comes at the other end of it,” Mayor Melissa Blake said in an interview with Fort McMurray Matters. “I think there’s a whole lot more to be considered here.”
Blake added that the municipality may have to look at reducing up-front planning and design costs to ensure these expenses aren’t incurred on future projects that are cancelled. You can hear more from her on Fort McMurray Matters at noon on Mix 103.7.
The recommendation will now go to full council for a vote.