One more step toward making a dream come true!
LAVAL, QC, Nov. 24, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval, was joined by Francine Charbonneau, Minister of the Families, responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, responsible for the Laval region and MNA for Mille-Îles; Jean Roussel, MNA for Vimont; Marcel Alexander, President of La Cité du sport et de la culture; Geoff Molson, owner, President and CEO of Club de hockey Canadien, Centre Bell and evenko; Pierre Pomerleau, President of Pomerleau; Martine Turcotte, Vice-Chair, Québec for Bell and a number of prominent figures in the cultural, sports and business communities, in attending the ground-breaking ceremony for Place Bell, a multi-purpose cultural and sports complex that will open in the fall of 2017.
"This ground-breaking ceremony marks the construction start for Place Bell, the major multi-purpose complex that will make it possible not only to attract national sports and cultural events to Laval but also to consolidate our city's economic and social development. Today, we are taking the first concrete step towards making a dream come true. The dream of seeing the creation of a unifying amphitheatre that will make the neighbourhood — and our whole city — bubble with stimulating excitement," said Marc Demers.
Place Bell will be a major, high-level, multi-purpose cultural and sports complex in Laval. It will be able to serve as a 10,000-seat arena and will be convertible into a theatre and Olympic skating rink with a seating capacity for 2,500 people, in addition to a community skating rink accommodating 500 spectators. Indoor parking facilities to accommodate 700 vehicles will be built near Montmorency metro station, in the city block bounded by boulevard de la Concorde, boulevard Le Corbusier, rue Claude-Gagné and rue Lucien-Paiement.
"I'm delighted to note that the efforts invested to create Place Bell are proving successful. Local cultural and sports organizations that have needed an infrastructure of this size for a long time will definitely be overjoyed with this new complex. I would therefore like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the partners who have been committed to this great adventure, for their joint action, their dedication and their diligence," stated Marcel Alexander.
La Cité de la culture et du sport de Laval, the organization responsible for managing the Place Bell project, with the support of Société québécoise des infrastructures, chose Pomerleau to build the complex in a competitive tender process. This turnkey contract, signed between La Cité de la culture et du sport de Laval and Pomerleau, is in keeping with the previously announced budget of $200 million. Ville de Laval, the Québec government and evenko are funding this major construction project long awaited by sports, community and cultural organizations and associations in Laval.
SOURCE: City of Laval
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