Bangor panel to review arena ideas tonight

Posted Sept. 02, 2009, at 9:12 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two firms hired by the city to examine the feasibility of a new arena to replace the aging auditorium will have their recommendations reviewed by the city’s arena implementation committee at a meeting tonight at City Hall.

Representatives from ERA/AECOM and Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects have recommended that the city build a 5,000-seat, U-shaped arena adjacent to the existing auditorium, tear down that 50-year-old facility, rebuild conference space on the foundation and then rehabilitate the civic center. The project is set up to be done in phases, with a new arena estimated at $51 million and the other three pieces at roughly $18 million.

In addition, there are several other suggestions for add-ons to the project and their cost, including a sky bridge over Main Street connecting to the Hollywood Slots parking garage and improvements to existing parking at Bass Park.

The city’s Special Committee on Arena Implementation will meet at 5 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall to discuss the consultants’ report and preliminarily identify parts of the project to pursue for development. The meeting is open to the public. printed on July 24, 2017