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North Bay decides to move forward with arena build process

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North Bay city council is moving ahead to the tender phase for the proposed twin pad arena at the Steve Omischl Sports Complex with a budget of $60 million.

City council had approved it on Tuesday – until councillor Jamie Lowery declared a notice of reconsideration on renovating the West Ferris Arena which delayed the final vote on the new twin pad arena until the next meeting.

As a result, Mayor Peter Chirico has called for a special council meeting Thursday evening to allow the matter to move forward.

According to a city report, the RFP will be for a progressive design-build that will achieve substantial construction completion in 2025 and meet net zero carbon building requirements to unlock almost $26 million in federal funding.

City staff said they expect the bids will come back to council in the next few months.

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