Advisory commission backs proposed hockey arena for downtown Newark

The proposed hockey arena for downtown Newark received a huge boost after an advisory commission studying the plan signed off on it Friday. The report by the Blue Ribbon Commission projects that by investing $210 million into the project, the city of Newark could get back close to $600 million by the year 2037. However, City Councilman Luis Quintana says it's ridiculous for the city to spend the money this way. He claims the Devils need to chip in more than the $100 million they are on the hook for. The proposal calls for an 18,000-seat arena for hockey games, concerts and conventions, a 300-room hotel, along with offices, stores, restaurants and entertainment centers. The commission's leader claims that all of this is what makes the deal worthwhile. He says that it's approval only holds up if the proposal is not changed if and when the actual deal is signed. Quintana says he wants public hearings on the matter before the City Council votes. No date for that has been set.

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