Mcdonald promises ‘aggressive’ investing
If elected, North Bay mayoral candidate Al Mcdonald intends to continue investing to encourage the city ’s growth, he announced in a release Thursday.
“If we don’t maintain our pace of infrastructure renewal and investment, we won’t be ready for development opportunities,” said Mcdonald.
Having the necessary services in place is essential, he says, when business and industry look to expand, relocate or engage in new startup operations.
“North Bay has continually invested in infrastructure to the tune of more than $120 million in the past four years alone.”
according to Mcdonald, the city’s decision to extend water service to education Centre, will allow Canadore and Nipissing to “expand for programming, student services and future student housing when needed.
He claims the city’s “aggressive approach” to investing in infrastructure makes possible his outlined plans to extend Marshall avenue to Highway 11 and for a P3 (public-private partnership) development downtown involving CTS Canadian Career College, Modern College of Hairstyling and esthetics, the public library and a business incubator.
Further details, such as the location, size and price of the plan have not been announced.
Construction of a new standpipe was recently completed by the city to improve water quality to the education centre, as well as service the Cedar Heights area to accommodate North Bay's future residential growth. A report from city engineering, however, has indicated area development is “very limited” without a new pumping station (a part of the project the city held off this year due to cost).