Markham arena bid suffers setback after losing key vote

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti (left) talks with a councillors about the arena deal. (CRAIG...

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti (left) talks with a councillors about the arena deal. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 1:07 AM ET

Markham’s bid to put an NHL-sized arena in the city may have suffered a death blow late Wednesday night.

Markham council voted 11-2 to kill the financial framework of a deal for the GTA Centre.

The motion now requires partners, including lead man Graeme Roustan, to find private funding for the building.

Council later voted 12-1 in favour of having developers raise $325 million to finance the building within six months.

While GTA Centre advocates never said an NHL team was needed for the building, there was much speculation that a second Toronto-area team could find a home in Markham if the facility was built.


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