SITE PLAN APPLICATION APPROVAL
With the GTA Centre in Markham, Ontario, GTA Sports & Entertainment (GTASE) is developing the premier multi-purpose, NHL-sized arena in Canada. The state-of-the-art facility would welcome more than 130 events annually, including international sports and entertainment attractions, large-scale productions and theatre-style shows. The GTA Centre would also host civic and cultural celebrations, trade shows, conventions, and a wide-array of Markham community functions.
Following the City of Markham’s approval of the GTA Centre Site Plan Application on January 29, 2013, construction of the facility would proceed once a public private partnership (PPP) agreement is signed with the City of Markham.
In the meantime, GTASE will continue to work with City Council to reach a positive outcome for this project and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to this vibrant community.
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
GTA Sports and Entertainment is continuing the very public process with the City of Markham regarding a public private partnership (PPP), which is the next step required before construction of the GTA Centre can begin in the very near future.
PPP's are commonplace throughout Canada and have been used to build major infrastructure projects like Viva Rapid Transit and Highway 407. Both of these developments benefit Markham residents and businesses as would the GTA Centre.
There will be ZERO PERCENT TAX INCREASE to the property owners of Markham and no property tax revenue will go towards paying for the GTA Centre's $325 million construction costs.
Click here to view the details of the PPP proposal and to download the relevant slides from the presentation prepared by the City of Markham for the City Council meeting on January 29, 2013.
Benefits to markham
The Markham community would benefit in a variety of ways from the development of the GTA Centre. According to consultants hired by the City of Markham, these benefits would include:
The GTA Centre will be located in Markham, Ontario – at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with a population of more than six million people. The City of Markham is one of Ontario's fastest growing municipalities and home to over 400 corporate head offices and 900 high-tech and life science companies.
LOCATION WITHIN MARKHAM CENTRE
Designed as an architectural landmark, the GTA Centre would anchor Markham Centre, a mixed development featuring retail stores, restaurants and bars, office space, hotels and condominiums. The arena would be built on the north side of Highway 407 between Warden Avenue and Kennedy Road. It would be easily accessible via public transportation using the Unionville GO Station and VIVA bus service.
GTA CENTRE PRESS RELEASES
GTA Sports & Entertainment launches newly-created website for Markham arena project September 28, 2012:
GTA Sports & Entertainment and the National Basketball League of Canada explore franchise opportunity September 20, 2012:
Global Spectrum, Delaware North Companies and international sports executive Ray Lalonde join GTA Centre project August 8, 2012:
GTA Centre process on-track with submission of Site Plan Application June 26, 2012:
Announcing more details about the GTA Centre April 26, 2012:
Sport and Entertainment Venue in Markham Moving Forward April 19, 2012:
GTA Centre proposal submitted to the Town of Markham November 22, 2011:
World-class entertainment venue planned for Markham
OTHER PRESS RELEASES
GTA Centre becomes official sponsor of 2013 CWHL Awards Night February 5, 2013:
The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation inaugurates its fifth outdoor Bleu Blanc Bouge rink September 18, 2012:
Bauer Performance Sports Announces New Chairman of the Board January 17, 2012:
The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation inaugurates a fourth outdoor Blue Blanc Bouge rink
What people are saying
National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA)
Frank E. Russo Jr., Senior Vice President
Brenda Andress, Commissioner
Canadian Women's Hockey League
Canadian Women's Hockey League
The Monopoly Group
Bob Nicholson, President and CEO
Three-time Stanley Cup Champion and HHOF Member
SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT
View letter from PCL Constructors Canada to Graeme Roustan
View letter from former NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly to Mayor Frank Scarpitti and city councillors
View letter from Igor Larionov, three-time Stanley Cup Champion and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, to Mayor Frank Scarpitti
View letter from Jeff Mumford, Vice President & General manager of Honeywell Limited, to W. Graeme Roustan
View letter from Brian Lawton, current Sportsnet NHL analyst and former player, agent, and GM, to Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
View letter from Ross Pellizzari, President of Avaya Canada, to Mayor Frank Scarpitti
View full-page ad from local Markham developers which appeared in the Markham Economist & Sun
View letter from the Canadian Women's Hockey League to Mayor Frank Scarpitti and city councillors
View letter from Hon. John McCallum, M.P. for Markham-Unionville, to Mayor Frank Scarpitti and city councillors
View letter from Hon. Michael Chan, M.P.P. for Markham-Unionville, to Markham Town Clerk Kimberly Kitteringham
View letter from Mike Liut, Octagon Hockey's Managing Director and former Associate Counsel at the NHLPA, to Mayor Frank Scarpitti