Developer optimistic project can happen at another Sudbury site
Louis Kitevski, of the Toronto City Sports Centre, said Aug. 8 that after years of trying, there were too many obstacles to the St. Charles location and the plan had to be dropped. Costs associated with the dome had risen from a little more than $2 million to more than $3 million.
The dome, measuring 200 feet by 300 feet, was to be located on one of the soccer fields at St. Charles College. The bubble would have covered the majority of that field. Inside were to be four mini soccer fields, measuring 80 feet by 180 feet, along with change rooms, a clubhouse and a four-lane walking track.
He had worked with the late Fabio Belli, the Ward 8 councillor who passed away in April, to make the dome happen, he said. In fact, the only reason he was still trying to make it work was because Belli was so committed.
There was a long process of approvals and agreements to be worked out with the city and the Catholic school board, he said, including improvements to a nearby road and an increase in the amount of concrete required, all of which drove up costs.
They had acquired government funding to help make the dome feasible, Kitevski said. But another problem arose this year, he said, this time with the soil. He would have to remove much of the topsoil and replace it with aggregate, pushing costs even higher.
“The soil was the last straw,” Kitevski said.
While plans for St. Charles are at an end, he said he's working with another local group to make the dome happen in Sudbury anyway.