Public meeting on Hamburg sports complex

Developer Proposes Sports Complex In Hamburg

HAMBURG, NY-- Town of Hamburg residents had a chance to weigh in Thursday night on a plans for a new sports complex.

The proposed project includes a multi-use facility at the former South Shore Golf Club on Southwestern Boulevard.
The complex would house two hockey rinks, three basketball courts and a soccer field. Developer Marty Starkman, the president of Toronto-based Sportstar Capital, said the $30 million facility could be open as soon as October 2018, if it's approved by the Hamburg Town Board and the Planning Board.
Starkman responded to questions about the financing in an interview during the public forum.
"People thought the town was on the hook for the $30 million. They're not," Starkman said. "People were afraid the $30 million would be applied against the city, whereas the $30 million in a P3 -- which we're very familiar with in Canada, a Public-Private Partnership -- we put up the dollars and take a risk on the building."
Starkman confirmed his company will likely seek tax breaks, as well as grants. 

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