Laval forgets parking for $200M arena

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Claude-Andre Mayrand, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:49 PM ET

LAVAL, Que. — A sports arena in this Montreal suburb will cost taxpayers nearly $50 million extra, in part because designers forgot to include a parking lot in the blueprints.

The city revised several parts of the plan for Place Bell, scheduled to open in 2017.

Laval says the final bill will be $200 million, not $152 million as originally planned.

Construction and equipment costs have been revised upward, but the biggest new item is a $20-million parking lot that wasn't in the original plans.

"I don't understand how anyone could consider a 13,000-seat arena without considering parking," Mayor Marc Demers told QMI Agency.

Laval plans to ask the Quebec government to pick up $15 million of the additional tab.

The sprawling suburb of 400,000 people has been rocked by a series of recent scandals.

Former mayor Gilles Vaillancourt and 36 others were arrested last year and charged with gangsterism in an alleged kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.

With files from Marie-Eve Dumont


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