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Project Approvals Finalized for Waterfront Construction


August 12, 2009 – Development at Prince Arthur’s Landing is now moving into the construction phase, and The City of Thunder Bay is finalizing the necessary approvals for specific project elements.

The City has received a fill permit from the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority for the lake infill, and the department of Fisheries and Oceans and Transport Canada will be authorizing the marine works (break walls, lake infill and other related works) in the first week of September.

The Schedule ‘C’ Class environmental assessment for servicing (sewer, water and storm water) for Prince Arthur’s Landing was completed in June and the 30 day review period is complete. The Minister of the Environment has received two requests from individuals seeking to have Prince Arthur’s Landing subject to a more lengthy and complex individual environmental assessment.  The Minister will make a decision regarding this request in mid to late September.

The City is proceeding with construction of project works not subject to the Minister’s decision.

The preliminary infrastructure works have been tendered, and reports to Council recommending award of contracts will be presented on August 31.  Construction is expected to start in mid-September, with completion of the first tenders in early summer 2010, followed by the construction of buildings and landscaping.

The development of Prince Arthur’s Landing is expected to generate 250 direct construction jobs for each year of construction and $202 million in spending within the local economy. Once construction is complete, Prince Arthur’s Landing is expected to create 350 permanent jobs and contribute $1 million a year in taxes to the City.

Phase one of waterfront development will focus on preparing 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 private and public sector developments.

At the first City Council meeting back in the newly-renovated City Hall on August 24, Katherine Dugmore, Waterfront Project Manager, will present outlines on the approvals and construction processes over the next few years.

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