January 31, 2013
Window opens wider for second GTA team in NHL
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

Landing an existing team, such as the Phoenix Coyotes, may be a more feasible option now for Markham NHL hopefuls. (Reuters)

MARKHAM, ONT. - Until the first shovel is rammed into a patch of Markham field that is just a slapshot away from Highway 407, there will be detractors who continue to feel the proposed GTA Centre is merely a pipe dream.

True, no concrete has been poured, as of yet. Fair enough.

But, just maybe, that day is coming. And it might be closer than you think.

In the wee hours Wednesday morning, after most of the media and special interest groups had vacated the chamber, Markham city council moved forward with the next step toward turning the proposed GTA Centre into a reality.

With most of the headlines focusing on the narrow 7-6 vote to continue forging ahead with financing, council then met again and gave the thumbs-up to the project’s blueprint.

“It’s something that really hasn’t been reported, but council went on to approve our site plan,” Graeme Roustan, one of the project’s private investors, told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday afternoon.



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