At the end of August, American company Oak View Group announced plans to build a major multi-use entertainment venue at the Etihad Campus. Now, the second consultation is underway as plans for the build are starting to advance, according to IG magazine.
The second round of talks are set to begin on Thursday 28th November with them lasting all the way through till Monday 16th December. These talks have followed initial plans in October, where various factors were discussed, including the local community.
In a statement from the Chief Operating Officer at OVG, Mark Donnelly, plans were confirmed to be shared online so local residents in the area can be involved. This open approach will allow these residents to avoid any disruption it could cause to their daily lives.
Donnelly’s statement reads:
“A world-class arena has to work for the community so continual dialogue to understand priorities and concerns is a vital part of our feasibility process.
A clear objective is that a new arena must deliver a range of training and job opportunities for local residents, especially for young people. We also know that sustainable transport and venue management plans that minimise any impact to the community on event days are key priorities.”
The new arena is set to be competing with the already well established MEN arena in Manchester city centre, with the venue being the companies’ first purpose-built project in the UK.
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