New arena on scheduleWritten by Heather Riedel | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo’s $80 million multi-purpose arena is on schedule to be open to the public in the fall of 2009.
“It’s moving at quite a brisk pace,” Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken said. “There’s a lot of movement and a lot of energy going on every day. We’re looking at October 2009.”
Gerken said because of the “great communication” between the design team, engineers and construction teams, demolition and construction could begin in September or October.
“You know, it only takes one wheel to knock all the other three off course. It’s poor communication that can make projects like this go [off course],” Gerken said. “It’s fascinating to see how all of these people are working together.”
Commissioner Ben Konop said the schedule for the arena is up to speed with the pace of production and even though the timelines are changing daily, the project is discussed and updated every day as well.
“We have an aggressive timeline,” Konop said. “We want to see hockey games played and concerts by 2009.”
Although the project is still in the “nuts and bolts” stage, negotiations about teams for the arena are in action.
“The Mud Hens management is lining up franchises for hockey and arena-type football teams,” Konop said. “I think they have been very successful in the past and we’re going to hand those reigns over to them.”
Along with the people who are working on the arena, it is important to the commissioners to hear what the public has to say about it. Public meetings will take place within a few months, according to Commission President Tina Skeldon Wozniak.
“It’s time for the public to say what they want in this building and give their input because it’s for their enjoyment,” Wozniak said. “It’s a chance for the construction and design teams to have dialogue with the people.”
Konop agreed and said it is their duty to seek input from the community because the project is so big in square footage. He said “it’s vital” to get the people involved on the design aspect.
Constructing the building to be environmentally friendly, energy efficient and good looking are just three of the goals for the project. Wozniak said it will be “a building to be proud of and a national destination.”