Middlesex Centre, Nov. 15, 2019 – Middlesex Centre is looking to the province and the federal government to support a new community complex in Ilderton.
The municipality has applied for an Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant to support the construction of a new community facility.
Initial plans would see a facility similar in concept to the Komoka Wellness Centre, offering a multi-purpose space for visitors of all ages and abilities. Anticipated amenities include an NHL-size arena with option for a second arena in the future, library, walking track, multi-purpose room, a four-sheet curling rink, and office/storage space for community partners.
Unique to this project is an agricultural annex component, as the facility will be co-located with the Ilderton Agricultural Society.
“The current Ilderton Arena, constructed in 1972, is nearing its end-of-life,” said Michael Di Lullo, CAO of Middlesex Centre. “We are seeing maintenance costs continue to escalate to keep the arena operational.”
Three previous studies conducted by Middlesex Centre in 2012, 2015 and 2017 point to the need for a facility in the Ilderton area to replace the current arena. The cost of rehabilitating the existing arena has been estimated in the millions of dollars.
If successful, the provincial/federal grant would cover approximately 73% of the proposed facilities total costs, currently estimated at $44 million. After taking other partnership funding into account, the municipality would be left with an estimated cost of $9 million. This cost is expected to decrease through a robust fundraising effort, ongoing energy efficiency gains, and increased opportunity for rentals and bookings.
No decision on the grant is expected until fall 2020. The municipality will continue working with community partners during the lead up to the announcement to move the project forward.
Communications Specialist, Municipality of Middlesex Centre