Res­i­dents make opin­ions known

More than 170 peo­ple re­spond to sur­vey about re­vi­tal­iza­tion

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

More than 170 re­sponded to a sur­vey deal­ing with the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of Glace Bay and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

‘There was a great re­sponse,” said Eileen Lan­non-Old­ford, CEO of Busi­ness Cape Bre­ton.

“Equally among the three com­mu­ni­ties (Glace Bay, Re­serve Mines and Do­min­ion) there were some re­ally great ideas that came for­ward that are be­ing as­sessed now by the con­sult­ing com­pany,” she said.

Project pro­pos­als in­volved in­fra­struc­ture, water­front de­vel­op­ment and the down­town cores.

Lan­non-Old­ford said the ideas and projects are be­ing as­sessed and pri­or­i­tized. It must also be de­ter­mined if in­vest­ments will come from the com­mu­nity, pri­vate sec­tor or gov­ern­ment pro­grams.

A draft of the plan is ex­pected to­ward the end of June.

“The draft will be pre­sented to the stake­hold­ers around that time for their fi­nal feed­back,” she added.

Busi­ness Cape Bre­ton along with Ek­istics Plan­ning and De­sign, the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia have em­barked on a Glace Bay, Re­serve Mines and Do­min­ion re­vi­tal­iza­tion plan­ning process.

Of­fi­cials with Ek­istics worked with the com­mu­nity over three months to iden­tify projects and ini­tia­tives that will have a trans­for­ma­tive ef­fect on the re­gion.

Pub­lic meet­ings were hosted and the pub­lic was asked to fill out sur­veys re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ments they would like to see.

Lan­non-Old­ford said there were con­sis­ten­cies among the sur­veys in­clud­ing im­prove­ments to the Glace Bay water­front and down­town fa­cade, Do­min­ion Beach and the Re­serve Mines busi­ness hub and park area.

She said key com­mu­nity as­sets such as the Savoy Theatre, Cape Bre­ton Min­ers’ Mu­seum, Bay­plex and other en­ti­ties were also high­lighted with sug­ges­tions for ad­vance­ments.

Lan­non-Old­ford said a com­mon trend from the sur­vey re­sponses was sup­port over­all for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“There’s a real strong fo­cus on link­age. This is go­ing to be a long-term vi­sion, with projects build­ing upon each other.”

She said there is also a strong fo­cus to have a strat­egy de­vel­oped that won’t sit on a shelf.

“We have to iden­tify the re­sources for (projects) and find those re­sources and we‘ll build one upon the other.”

Lan­non-Old­ford

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