Laval shifts site where Place Bell will be built

By Robert Frank

The city of Laval has decided that the new Bell
sports and culture stadium will have to be built near
the Montmorency Metro station.

The decision was made during a special city council session, Oct. 12.

Originally the facility was to be located on St.
Martin Boulevard east of highway 15. 

However, city
officials cited engineering studies that found the soil
on which it was to be built was unstable and contaminated.

The city explained in a statement that it would have
taken too much time and money to adhere Quebec
Environment Ministry guidelines at the original site.

“The city of Laval is acting in a responsible fashion
both to remain within the original budget envelope
and the original schedule,” said Mayor Gilles

The city signaled its intention to expropriate the
land needed for the stadium, which is currently held
by a company held by the FTQ Fonds de Solidarité.

The facility is expected to serve as a 10,000-person
arena that can be converted into a concert hall, a
2,500-seat Olympic rink and a community rink that
can accommodate 500 spectators.

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