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Downtown Arena Master Agreement and Location Agreement Approval

Downtown Arena Master Agreement and Location Agreement Approval

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This report, given to Edmonton City council April 10, 2013, recommends the approval
of a Master Agreement, Location
Agreement and Location Support
Agreement, based upon the
Negotiated Framework, approved by
Council (January 23, 2013) and
provides an update on the Downtown
Arena Project.
This report, given to Edmonton City council April 10, 2013, recommends the approval
of a Master Agreement, Location
Agreement and Location Support
Agreement, based upon the
Negotiated Framework, approved by
Council (January 23, 2013) and
provides an update on the Downtown
Arena Project.

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ROUTING - City Council | DELEGATION – S.Farbrother/R. G. Klassen/L. Rosen April 10, 2013 – Sustainable Development 2013SCO511Page 1 of 4
Downtown ArenaMaster Agreement andLocation AgreementApproval
1. That the Master Agreement betweenthe City of Edmonton and Edmonton Arena Corporation for thedevelopment and operation of theDowntown Arena, be approved andthat the Agreement be in a form andcontent acceptable to the CityManager.2. That the Location Agreement andLocation Support Agreement, beapproved and that the Agreementsbe in a form and content acceptableto the City Manager.
Report SummaryThis report recommends the approvalof a Master Agreement, LocationAgreement and Location SupportAgreement, based upon theNegotiated Framework, approved byCouncil (January 23, 2013) andprovides an update on the DowntownArena Project.Previous Council/Committee Action
 At the January 23, 2013, City Councilmeeting, the following motions werepassed:1. That the advancement of Option A as the basis for design of adowntown arena in accordancewith the agreement with the KatzGroup, be approved.2. That Attachment 2 of the January23, 2013, SustainableDevelopment report2013SGM002, be replaced withthe revised Attachment 2 -Summary of NegotiatedFramework re: EdmontonDowntown Arena (January 22,2013).3. That the revised negotiatedFramework for the design andconstruction of the Option A asper revised Attachment 2 of theJanuary 23, 2013 SustainableDevelopment report.2013SGM002, be approved.4. That Administration enter into aMaster Agreement, a Tax Agreement under section 333.1of the
Municipal Government Act 
,and all other agreementsnecessary to finalize the designand construction of theDowntown Arena and associatedinfrastructure, and that theagreements be in, form andcontent, acceptable to the CityManager.5. That prior to entry into the Master  Agreement, the Agreement bebrought to Council for finalapproval.
The Master Agreement is in accordancewith the terms contained within theframework as approved by City Councilon January 23, 2013, and provides thelegal basis for the City and Edmonton Arena Corporation to pursue the design,construction, and operation of a newdowntown arena.The Agreement confirms the followingkey elements:
Downtown Arena Master Agreement and Location Agreement Approval
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The Design is to reflect the designas approved by City Council onJanuary 23, 2013.
The Maximum Budget for the Arenais $480 million.
Edmonton Arena Corporation is tocontribute $115 million towards the Arena.
The Maximum Budget for theWintergarden is $56.5 million.
The maximum contribution from theCity towards the Wintergarden is$25 million.
The City is to proceed with thedesign and construction of theCommunity Rink with a maximumbudget of $21 million. The City willown and operate the Communityrink.
The City will contribute a maximum$15 million towards the pedestriancorridor.
The cost for the link to the LRTstation is a maximum $7 million.
The City and Edmonton ArenaCorporation will enter into a Tax Agreement providing for an annualmaximum payment of $250,000 for arena facilities open during eventhours.
Edmonton Arena Corporationremains responsible for the paymentof the Provincial School Taxes.
Edmonton Arena Corporation willenter into a lease agreement andpay rent for the use of the Arena.
The Oilers will remain in Edmontonfor 35 years.
The City will enter into aSponsorship Agreement at anannual cost of $2 million per year tosecure marketing and promotionalservices.
A ticket surcharge will be leviedthrough bylaw on all events at the Arena to pay for $125 million of thecapital investment.
A ticket surcharge will be levied onall events at Rexall Place at amaximum of 7 percent with theproceeds remitted to the City.
The City will pursue a BorrowingBylaw to secure funds for theconstruction of the Arena,Wintergarden, Pedestrian Corridor,LRT Link and Community Rink.
A Community Benefits Frameworkhas been developed which includesthe creation of a community basedadvisory committee to ensureongoing liaison with the Arenaoperators.
A secondary community benefitprovides the City with the ability touse the Arena and Wintergarden for community purposes for 28 days per year at the incremental costs arisingfrom the City’s use.
The development of a GuaranteedMaximum Price for the Project willreflect both the existing design andbudget constraints.In addition to the Master Agreement, anumber of ancillary agreements arebeing finalized and will be executedconcurrently with the Master Agreementbefore the end of April, 2013. Theyinclude:Location Agreement;
Location Support Agreement
Lease Agreement
Lease Indemnity Agreement
Restated Land Inventory Agreement
Land Inventory Amending Agreement and Acknowledgement
Sponsorship Agreement
Ticket Surcharge Agreement
Tax Agreement
Downtown Arena Master Agreement and Location Agreement Approval
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Construction Administration Agreement.Each of the above agreementsreferenced contain terms and conditionsthat further reflect the framework asapproved by City Council.The Location Agreement and LocationSupport Agreement are of particular importance as they provide the legalsecurity to ensure that the Oilers willremain in Edmonton for 35 Years.
Project Update
In addition to the completion of the Arena Project Legal Agreements, thisreport also provides an update relativeto a number of related items including104 Street access, Casino operation,and interest from MacEwan University.With respect to 104 Street, Administration has been in discussionswith the owners of Square 104 todevelop a shared access concept toallow for the use of the existingcontrolled access from 104 Avenue.Shifting the arena to the west and usinga shared access concept will permit amore efficient operation of the arenaand enable the introduction of a new102 Street connection across the site. Itwill also increase the amount of Cityland available for resale anddevelopment. Any costs associatedwith the acquisition of land or construction will be funded from withinthe existing Arena and land ProjectBudget.Positive discussions between the City,Edmonton Arena Corporation, and theowners of the Baccarat Casino continuein an effort to maintain the presence of the Casino within the Arena District.MacEwan University has beenapproached by the City and Edmonton Arena Corporation to discuss theopportunity to assist in the developmentof the Community Rink. The partnershipwould enable them to operate their hockey and physical educationprograms out of the facility. Discussionshave been very positive and the Boardof MacEwan University has endorsed, inprinciple, the involvement of theUniversity in the Project together with afinancial contribution to cover costs of any enhancements to the CommunityRink that may be necessary to meet theUniversity’s hockey requirements. Aprocess for the scheduling and rental of ice time is being developed whichensures that an appropriate amount of ice time for community use at optimumtimes (evenings and weekends) ismaintained. As outlined in the Community BenefitsFramework (as attached to the Master  Agreement), administration is facilitatingthe creation of a community basedadvisory committee to address issuesand opportunities associated with theProject. A meeting has been tentativelyscheduled for April 30 with theprospective representatives of the ArenaProject Local Advisory Committee, toreview Terms of Reference for theCommittee.The Project Team, led by ICON VenueGroup, is continuing to refine the designas approved by City Council.Guaranteed Maximum Price documentsare to be prepared by the fall. Onceprice certainty can be assured within thecurrent budget limits, construction cancommence. It is anticipated that sitepreparation can commence this summer with construction of the building

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