Revitalize This!

The city held a technical briefing and media conference this morning to provide more information on the Regina Revitalization Initiative. Because of a prior commitment I wasn’t able to make it. So I’m just working off the news release here, which contains details on the RRI, plus the funding proposal that has been submitted to the Government of Saskatchewan.

The RRI plan will feature the redevelopment of 17.5 acres of the 33 acre CP Rail yard with commercial, residential and retail opportunities. Assuming the CP land is purchased this spring, environmental remediation and development will begin by 2014 once CP has vacated the site. There’s mention in the news release of a pedestrain walkway crossing the tracks to provide for a link between the downtown and Warehouse District.

The plan also calls for a new open-air city-owned and operated stadium (capacity 33,000)  to be built at Evraz Place. Construction on the stadium would start in 2013, with completion in 2016. The current Mosaic Stadium would then be demolished, and redevelopment of that 20 acre site to create a mixed-use neighbourhood would begin, with a ten to 15 year timeline to redevelop both properties.

Now to the money part. The total proposed public investment is $348.3 million. That breaks down to $278.2 million for the stadium, and $45.7 million and $24.4 million to redevelop the CP and old Mosaic lands respectively. This investment, says the city, will leverage an additional $700 million in private money to develop the CP and Mosaic lands.

The city has requested $230 million from the province, with $200 million going to the stadium and $30 million to the CP and Mosaic lands. It’s also requested $30 million from the federal government for redevelopment of the same two properties. Finally, the city will kick in $88.3 million, with that figure including the value of the contributed land.

So there you have it.

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7 thoughts on “Revitalize This!”

  1. I’m confused about the lack of one specific piece of information from the parties concerned: why it isn’t considered economically viable or in the public interest to revitalize the existing stadium, like in Winnipeg? Especially if we’re back to an open-air design that has approximately the same number of seats?

  2. 1. You’re not renovating Taylor Field: you’re rebuilding Taylor Field. There’s nothing of the current structure worth salvaging in a reno.

    2. As people have grown larger over the years, there would be no room to install seats with more legroom in a renovated Taylor Field. As well, right now, you can’t fit more than 22K in the stadium with any amount of comfort.

    3. If you were to rebuild Taylor Field, why would you build it in a residential area?

  3. Oh yeah, they built a new stadium in Winnipeg. CanadaIns gets the wrecking ball this winter.

  4. #2: Ah. I guess my question would be, where are the citations of an engineer’s report, studies etc. that would support this? I’m not doubting Taylor Field’s condition, but it would seem to be the City’s responsibility to point this out or to provide appropriate links when making their arguments for any kind of a new stadium, and this has point has woefully fallen to the side. It’s been presented as a given that we NEED a new stadium, without any data other than anecdotal.

    And I thought Winnipeg had refurbished its existing stadium, not built a new one. Shows you how much I know.

  5. 33,000? so only the people that get to the games now, are just getting new seats to sit in? Then they can pay for this stadium on their own. Season tickets are now $10,000.
    If Regina/Sk is getting bigger,40,000 seats minimum.
    I’d like to get a seat other than in the endzone.

  6. It should be noted they haven’t actually requested any money from the federal government yet. They plan on doing it at the end of June once they actually sign a deal with CP and have a better idea of possible designs.

    Gerry Ritz got a missive in early though. Around 2pm yesterday he issues a press statement via email to remind the city that the federal government isn’t funding sports facilities. I tried to get more clarification form his press secretary on whether they’d put the money into land assessment and remediation and housing, which is what the city actually would ask for. They didn’t get back to me.

  7. 1 more. If. any new stadium is built, it better be built to FIFA / Canada Soccer standards, as far as the turf / playing surface goes.
    I’ve heard that Taylor / Mosaik can’t do Pro Soccer because there is a slight hump in the center of the field , end to end , to help drainage.

    So we already missed on a 2015 Women’s Team Canada pre tournament match, and the turf was only redone 6 ? yrs ago.
    Not that I’m bitchin. I’m just makin a comment.

    Why is the $14ish million refurbishing of Tayor as I type, not worthy of keeping around for 10 more years?
    Leave the old soldier at 50,000 seats, for a few more years, and mabye U2 will show up.

    I’m not trying copy Soldier Field, in Chicago,but, it’s built on only 7 acres of land, and holds 61,000 fans.

    Is our new feild ,gonna be REALLY GREEN?

    Open air voted for in Chicago “The Windy City “.

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