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CONSTRUCTION OF AIR CANADA CENTRE COULD BE DELAYED
Published April 21, 1995
The planned October 1 start date for construction of the Raptors' Air Canada Centre "will be delayed if politicians continue to insist on major changes," project manager Jay Cross said after a city committee turned down the team's latest proposal yesterday. If the committee's rejection is upheld by the Toronto City Council next week, construction will not start on time. Committee members rejected the plan because of the possibility of construction of high-rise residential developments planned by the Raptors and Canada Post near the arena. Cross: "The more the delay drags on, the less enchanted our fans will be playing in the SkyDome and the more we'll have to start considering our other alternatives." Cross said that could mean another site. The NBA "would not be thrilled" by such a move, according to Cross: "They've granted a franchise which was conditional on a new stadium. If you don't deliver a new stadium, you're at risk" (Paul Moloney, TORONTO STAR, 4/21).