Bay Roberts, Loblaw look­ing to fi­nal­ize deal

‘ We are tick­ing off the list’ — Mayor Philip Wood

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials with the Town of Bay Roberts are ready to take the next step.

They are look­ing to set up a meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Loblaw Prop­er­ties Lim­ited in or­der to fi­nal­ize a deal for the Cana­dian gro­cery gi­ant to pur­chase the roughly 60 acres of land off L.T. Stick Drive in the com­mu­nity and de­velop the Bay Roberts Busi­ness Park.

“We are cer­tainly hop­ing to meet in the next few weeks,” said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

Since sign­ing a let­ter of in­tent with the com­pany in May of last year, both sides were tasked with a set of con­di­tions that each needed to com­plete be­fore the deal would be fi­nal­ized.

One of those con­di­tions in­cluded run­ning water and sewer to the site, which the town did in Septem­ber as a part of a larger project to run water up as far as Pick­ett’s Road.

“We are tick­ing off the list,” said Wood.

Var­i­ous land ac­qui­si­tions were also on Bay Roberts’ list.

“We’re hop­ing to get to­gether and fi­nal­ize a few things,” said Wood.

When a deal is worked out, Loblaw would be­come re­spon­si­ble for the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the park. Loblaw cur­rently op­er­ates the Do­min­ion store on the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way.

Time­line

Wood was hes­i­tant to put a time­frame in place for the com­ple­tion of the project.

A string of missed dead­lines and con­stant de­lays at the Veteran’s Busi­ness Park in nearby Tilton have made of­fi­cials in Bay Roberts hes­i­tant about declar­ing a start date.

How­ever, Wood did say he would wel­come a start date dur­ing ei­ther th e spring or sum­mer months.

“We’re very anx­ious to get things go­ing,” he said.

Op­tions

Should the agree­ment fal l through, Bay Roberts has op­tions open to it­self. The town could look to sell off in­di­vid­ual lots for devel­op­ment, or turn the land into res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

“We have a lot of op­tions,” said Wood.

Mean­while, at the town’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing on Jan. 29, coun­cil­lors ap­proved the open­ing of a Wing’n It restau­rant along the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way in the town.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s web­site, the restau­rant is ex­pected to open its doors in March.

The St. John’s-based busi­ness is the lat­est restau­rant chain to try and make a go of it in the same space as failed ten­ants Pizza De­light and the All-Star Eatery.

Bay Roberts would join restau­rants in Gan­der, St. John’s and Grand Falls-Wind­sor.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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