The City center will be destroyed - or dismantled, and a new Mexican-funded sports complex will be built in its place.

If it sounds like a story you've heard before, fair enough - but tonight we can tell you, it's inching closer to reality.

A Mexican Design firm has been selected and it has come up with an artist's rendering of the proposed facility - and let's just say, it appears a tad bit more modern than the City Center.

Sports Minister John Salidvar told us more today:..

Hon. John Salidvar
"They have now agreed to give us a spanking new civic Center that the designed is showing and so we are going to be demolishing the current civic center and getting a new facility, thanks to the Mexicans."

Jules Vasquez
"Now we know that seeing an artist rendering and seeing it completed is quite another matter, it's not instamatic; it won't be before the elections."

Hon. John Salidvar
"Well we certainly hope to break ground before the next election and have a significant progress in terms of the construction. The timeline at this point, we have until about February of next year to demolish the building, the Mexicans would love to implode it, we feel that we want to dismantle it because they may be alternative use for the metal and the structure that is there and so that is what we are looking at right now. We are in the process of determining how and who, how we can dismantle the structure and still have use of what remains there. If we can't do that then we will take the Mexicans advice and simply implode the building."

Jules Vasquez
"Do you feel that this will be realize - this artist rendering will be realized within a medium term at least time frame meaning within 5 to 7 years?"

Hon. John Salidvar
"I am confident that by the next election that they will already be construction activity on the site."

The sports facility is the product of a commitment made by Mexican President Felipe Calderon after a request from Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

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