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A draft report on a functional space plan for the Pepsi Centre contains some interesting concepts and innovative ideas, Charles Pender says.
The Corner Brook mayor said consultants from Hatch Mott MacDonald will meet with city council to review the draft report and options presented in it next Monday.
In advance of that meeting, Pender said, council is planning to tour the facility.
“So that when the consultant does come in, we’ve got a very good idea in our head of what they’re talking about, spaces in particular,” he said.
Pender said just looking at the draft report, council has already come up with some ideas of what it might want to do and not do.
“One of the key things we were looking for was a single entrance into the building,” said Pender. “To control the people going in and out, and sort of make it an inviting reception type of entrance.”
The mayor said the consultant has come up with some ideas on doing that.
“They’ve also looked at some of the meeting spaces and how we could reorganize some of that.”
Pender said because of the multiple uses for the building — from sports to conventions and events — it’s a bit of a challenge to figure everything out.
“As a council we have to decide what our priorities are first,” he added. “Is it to get the convention space filled? Is it to find a space for Saltos? Is it to re-organize space for other groups?”
Pender said there’s multiple options and the price tag attached to those and the timeframe to complete them will play a role in the direction the centre takes.
“We have to live within our means,” said Pender, adding council will have to consider the returns on any investment.
“How will that affect user groups and increase the usership of the facility and increase the revenues?
“Once we sit down and hear from them why the decided to make certain proposals, then we can look at that and say, ‘Does that fit with our direction, or now that we see the cost of it or now that we see the implications on the use groups, is that where we want to go?’”
Pender said, following the meeting with the consultant, council will meet with staff and look at putting together a priority list of options. He didn’t have a timeframe for when the consultant’s final report will be completed.