Arena Plan Gains Approval 

The Bangor city council has signed off on plans for one of Bangor’s largest construction projects: a new arena.Members of the city council voted unanimously Monday to accept the report prepared by the committee.It’s a series of recommendations that include building a 5,400 seat arena that could expand to 7,400 seats.That would be phase one of the project.Phase two would be renovating the existing auditorium and civic center into conference space, for a total cost of about $73,000,0000.Officials say ground breaking for phase one of the project will begin no later than the summer of 2011, and phase two will begin as soon as funding is in place.The city council will continue discussing the issue at workshops in the near future.