By Joel van der Veen
While details about the future of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre remain scarce, members of the city’s business community are greeting the news of its potential sale to a commercial developer with optimism.
At a meeting Monday night, the executive committee of city council gave permission for the city to enter an agreement with a developer identified as Civic Centre Plaza, Inc., which plans to purchase the arena property for around $2.07 million.
Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, said the property, located on Main Street North adjacent to Town ‘n’ Country Mall, is a great, high-profile location for businesses.
“With a developer coming from out of town, they might bring in new, unique places that Moose Jaw doesn’t have,” he added. “Anything that’s coming new is always exciting for (the city).”
He also said that the project should bring in additional jobs, from the construction crews that will be needed to the employees who will work there once the business is up and running.
“It’s a win-win sort of thing, all the way around,” he said, adding that since information is limited, he couldn’t comment further. “They’re keeping it under wraps right now. . . which I can understand.”
For more information, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Herald.