Mcdon­ald prom­ises ‘ag­gres­sive’ in­vest­ing

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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.

Nugget file Photo

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).

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