- Ottawa Convention Centre
Much in this Ottawa Citizen article from last week is self-serving convention centre management tripe, which I'll leave off for another day, but I was struck by the financing of the new Ottawa Convention Centre:
The federal and provincial governments are each paying $50 million to the $170-million construction cost and the city has invested $40 million. The remaining $30 million will be borrowed.So, roughly the same ballpark as the $159 million convention centre proposed for downtown Halifax.
But look what Ottawa will get for the money: 192,000 sq. ft. of usable space in seven stores---four above ground---in a striking facility that overlooks the Rideau Canal and downtown Ottawa.
What does Halifax get? Just 120,000 square feet of usable space stuck in two basement levels with a view of absolutely nothing.
I'm very skeptical of the financial projections for both facilities, but I think one thing is inarguable: Ottawa's getting a hell of a lot more for the money.