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VOICE POLL: The old arena—Sell it or keep it?

 

In our February 6 issue, the Voice carried an interview with Interim CAO and Treasurer Teresa Quinlin, in which she acknowledged that the Town of Pelham requires an infusion of cash to meet its loan obligations related to building the new community centre.

One source of income would be the sale of the old Pelham arena on Haist Street, which could bring in as much a $3 million dollars to Town coffers. Residential development on the site would also generate permanent property tax income to the Town.

Retaining the property as a public park, on the other hand, could cost a minimum of $1 million dollars to demolish the old arena and remediate the soil for contaminants, money Quinlin says the Town doesn’t have.

What do you think?  Sell it, or keep it?  Look for results in an upcoming issue of the Voice.

I think that the Town should SELL the old arena property, and allow residential development at the site:
I think that the Town should RETAIN the property and renovate the existing building for public use:
I think that the Town should RETAIN the property, tear down the existing building, and create a park:
In order to RETAIN the arena property, I am willing to pay this much more in property taxes for up to two years:

 

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