Halifax Regional Council will receive its first report on the proposed new trade and convention centre tomorrow, but Mayor Peter Kelly said a decision will not be reached for another two or three weeks.
“(Tomorrow’s presentation) is only to get information to give staff direction,” said Kelly. “The decision won’t be for … weeks after that.” Council will hear from city staff, representatives from the province, as well as the Greater Halifax Partnership on the potential benefits and actual costs of the project.
“This is our chance to bring what information we have to council,” he said.
“It may be some of the same stuff the province has given to the public (two weeks ago). It’s a chance for council to get it fully, because we have not had that opportunity.”
Kelly expects the status of the current trade and convention centre, located across the street from city hall, will also be discussed.
Premier Darrell Dexter announced the province’s conditional support for the new trade centre last week.
He has since said that the fate of the current world trade and convention centre, owned by the province, must be decided concurrently with negotiations on the new trade centre.
Dexter said the municipality may want to consider purchasing the trade centre from the province, perhaps as part of a land-trade agreement.
While staying mum on most trade centre matters until council can look at the documentation, Kelly said purchasing the current trade centre represents a “unique opportunity” for the municipality.