Rac­ing for re­tail

Bay Roberts makes sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into pro­posed busi­ness park

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

The race to at­tract new busi­nesses to the re­gion got a lit­tle more in­tense last week af­ter the Town of Bay Roberts ap­proved the spend­ing of $171,000 for the pur­chase of 22 acres of Crown land in the town.

And that’s just the be­gin­ning, say town of­fi­cials.

The town had been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the prov­ince for some time over the land, with the prov­ince de­mand­ing “ fair mar­ket value” for the par­cel just south of the Con­cep­tion Bay Ac­cess Road, in be­tween Coun­try Road and Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way.

The town plans to ready the land for com­mer­cial devel­op­ment, be­gin­ning in 2011, and Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john said the pro­posed busi­ness park could grow much larger in the fu­ture as the town ac­quires ad­di­tional land in the area, or part­ners with pri­vate landown­ers.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

Ron De­laney, eco­nomic devel­op­ment di­rec­tor for the Town of Bay Roberts, walks past the site of a pro­posed new busi­ness park. It is lo­cated just off Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way, on the Con­cep­tion Bay Ac­cess Road.

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