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West Hants confirms Lindsay Construction as main contractor for $15 million sports complex

Artistic renderings showing Lindsay Construction’s proposal for the West Hants Sports Complex.
Artistic renderings showing Lindsay Construction’s proposal for the West Hants Sports Complex. - Contributed
WENTWORTH CREEK, N.S. —

During council’s April 9 meeting, following an in-camera session, West Hants council passed a motion to award the construction of the West Hants Sports Complex to Lindsay’s Construction.

In a press release, the municipality said they will be cost sharing the $15 million project, the largest such investment in municipal infrastructure ever, with the federal government, which is providing $4.4 million and the province, with an additional $3.6 million.

Roscoe Construction also bid on the project, but council ultimately decided to move forward with Lindsay’s proposal, despite a higher price tag.

The complex will include an NHL-sized ice surface, with approximately 500 seats as well as an indoor soccer field facility and walking track.

Construction is estimated to being in late summer of this year, completing in summer 2020.

The municipality is now undertaking a massive fundraising campaign to help offset some of the costs of the facility.

“Council believes this project will be the catalyst Hants County needs to realize its full potential,” Zebian said in a news release. “We are forever indebted to the federal and provincial governments for their kind contributions for which this project could not be achieved without. We also thank all (of) our residents for their patience and support.”

The contract was expected to be awarded earlier, but was delayed by council during their regular council meeting in March.

Now that the contract has been awarded, West Hants is expected to purchase land from the Windsor Agricultural Society, which operates the Hants County Exhibition.

In August of 2018, West Hants council made a commitment to move forward with the construction of a new rink.

This came after several failed community-based attempts to see a new arena built in Windsor as the existing Hants County Exhibition Arena was falling into disrepair.

The last attempt before the West Hants plan was to move forward with a municipal-community partnership to develop a hockey heritage arena at Long Pond near King’s-Edgehill School.

When that fell through, West Hants took the reins and proposed the arena be built near the existing arena on Wentworth Road.

In September 2018, council voted to add on a multi-use sports field to the building.

Federal and provincial partners have announced a combined commitment to fund $9 million of the $14.6 million facility, with an additional $1 million coming from the Town of Windsor over five years.

West Hants has requested Windsor consider funding an additional $800,000 for the soccer pitch, but the town has not committed any funds to this aspect of the project.

West Hants will have to pick up the tab for any uncovered costs they aren’t able to fundraise.

~ With notes from Carole Morris-Underhill

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