CBRM seek­ing pro­pos­als for devel­op­ment of wa­ter­front land

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY DAVID JALA david.jala@cb­

CBRM seek­ing pro­pos­als for wa­ter­front devel­op­ment.

The Cape Bre­ton Regional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ex­tended its dead­line for ac­cept­ing devel­op­ment pro­pos­als for mu­nic­i­pally owned lands on the Syd­ney wa­ter­front.

Ear­lier this month, the CBRM is­sued an of­fi­cial call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est on the ap­prox­i­mately four acres of un­de­vel­oped wa­ter­front land it owns. The par­cel of land is lo­cated be­low the Es­planade be­tween the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pav­il­ion, the Syd­ney board­walk, and a small ma­rina and break­wa­ter, both owned by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ini­tial dead­line of Oct. 23 has since been moved to Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

Deputy Mayor El­don Mac­Don­ald said that while the CBRM sup­ports wa­ter­front devel­op­ment, the call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est is the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s way of mak­ing the process of­fi­cial, al­though it is not bound to ac­cept any of the pro­pos­als it may re­ceive through the process.

“With our wa­ter­front prop­erty we’re look­ing at pos­si­ble pur­chase or pos­si­ble lease de­pend­ing on what the pro­ject might be,” said Mac­Don­ald,

who is also the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor for the downtown and wa­ter­front ar­eas.

“So, if there is any­body out there, any en­trepreneurs, de­vel­op­ers, any­body with ideas or thoughts on what to do then come and see us and bring us your ideas – we’re open for


The wa­ter­front has long been re­garded as a key com­po­nent of the CBRM’s vi­sion for the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of Syd­ney. Ac­cord­ing to mu­nic­i­pal doc­u­ments, all fu­ture pro­pos­als will be eval­u­ated in the con­text of the plans laid

out in a 2014 re­port called the Syd­ney Har­bourfront Con­cep­tual Vi­sion and De­sign that was pre­pared by Ek­istics, a Dart­mouth-based de­sign firm that was hired to con­duct the study at the re­quest of the CBRM and En­ter­prise Cape Bre­ton Cor­po­ra­tion.

In fact, the mu­nic­i­pal guide­lines for sub­mit­ting ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est state: “This vi­sion was de­vel­oped with much in­put from res­i­dents of the ad­ja­cent neigh­bour­hood and new devel­op­ment should not rep­re­sent a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from this vi­sion.”

Once the com­pe­ti­tion closes, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will re­view the sub­mis­sions and de­ter­mine which pro­posal or pro­pos­als best ad­here to the CBRM vi­sion. Then, the pro­po­nent whose pro­posal best ad­dresses the ‘vi­sion and de­sign prin­ci­ples and ap­pears likely to gen­er­ate the great­est eco­nomic ben­e­fits’ will be asked to sub­mit a more de­tailed plan.

In the mean­time, in an ef­fort to pro­mote devel­op­ment in the North­side Busi­ness Park, and to di­vest it­self of sur­plus prop­er­ties, the CBRM re­cently chopped the ask­ing price for the 200 acres of ser­viced land it owns in the in­dus­trial zone lo­cated be­tween North Syd­ney and Syd­ney Mines.

All mu­nic­i­pally-owned sur­plus land, es­ti­mated to num­ber al­most 1,000 prop­er­ties, can be viewed through a new site that can be found on the CBRM web­site.


The mu­nic­i­pal­ity owns four acres of prime real es­tate on the Syd­ney wa­ter­front, in­clud­ing the area be­tween the ma­rina and the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pav­il­ion. The CBRM is now ac­cept­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est that it will re­view be­fore pro­ceed­ing with...

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