City wants new arena to be a good neighbour
Tack on another $82M for items related to Edmonton arena: report
BY GORDON KENT, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM MAY 11, 2012
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EDMONTON — An advisory committee should be created to look at the community benefits from a downtown arena, which could include construction jobs for low-income Edmontonians, a new report says.
The community benefits, part of an arena deal now being negotiated with Oilers owner Daryl Katz, might also feature outreach programs for youth and families living nearby, the city report says.
One of the committee’s roles might be setting up a “good neighbour policy” to deal with parking, noise and other arena issues.
“Some of the comments we got back in the first round of (public discussions) were ‘don’t give us a room in the arena and say you have looked after the community,’ ” project executive director Rick Daviss said Thursday.