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Construction of Prince Arthur’s Landing Moves Ahead


September 30, 2009 – Construction of Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park is moving ahead today after an announcement from the Minister of Environment that he is denying two requests seeking to have the site subject to a more lengthy and complex individual environmental assessment.

In his letter today, Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen said that “the city may now proceed with the Project.” The Minister included conditions that required information be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and shared with the individual and community-based organization who made the requests.

“We are pleased that after two and half years of work securing the necessary approvals that we are now able to move forward with this exciting and transformational project,” said Katherine Dugmore, Waterfront Project Manager. “The social, economic and recreational benefits are of enormous importance. Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park will be a gathering place for the community.”

The City has already completed a required Schedule C Class Environmental Assessment for Servicing to permit the mixed use development and secured the following approvals: a Canadian Environmental Assessment Act screening; a Fill Permit through the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority to allow the lake infill; and Planning Act Approvals including Official Plan and Zoning by-law amendments.

Site preparation has started to prepare Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park for recreational, commercial and residential development. This work includes site preparation and infrastructure improvements, which will lay the foundation for the implementation of the Master Plan.

In general terms, the construction schedule is as follows:

2009:

  • Construction of infrastructure to service the site including sewer, water and storm sewer
  • Marine works including minor dredging and retrofit of the existing docks
  • Fencing including construction safety fencing and an attractive custom fence to separate railway lands from the park

2010:

  • Public Design Elements & Buildings including: Market Square and Market Building, Waterfront Plaza, Children's Boating & Festival Area, Skating Rink/Splash Pad, Waterfront Promenade, Water Garden & Pavillion, and Baggage Building Addition & Renovation
  • Private sector hotel with water park and two condominiums

2011:

  • Landscaping

A weekly e-newsletter will provide updates during construction season to subscribers and visitors to the City’s website at www.thunderbay.ca/waterfrontenewsletter and the City of Thunder Bay Waterfront Development page on Facebook.

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Contact: Katherine Dugmore, Waterfront Project Manager, 625-2406