Marine in­dus­trial park project reaches en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment stage

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The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion is now tak­ing a look at the pro­posed mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar marine in­dus­trial park in Har­bour Grace.

Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises Ltd. (HGOE) sub­mit­ted the pro­posal to the depart­ment last week. The dead­line for com­ments is Dec. 10, and a de­ci­sion from the min­is­ter is due nine days later.

The Town of Har­bour Grace has strongly ad­vo­cated for the project over the last year.

A fea­si­bil­ity study sug­gests it will cost $23.5 mil­lion to build the park, which will ex­tend ap­prox­i­mately 400 me­tres east from the cur­rent shore along Beach Hill Road, al­most reach­ing the Con­cep­tion Bay Mu­seum.

The site of a former fish plant fa­cil­ity at Point of Beach will be trans­formed into a mod­ern wharf, lay­down area and a new float­ing dry-dock fa­cil­ity.

The town has been in­volved in reg­u­lar dis­cus­sions with HGOE and the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency about the project and hopes the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will even­tu­ally lend its sup­port fi­nan­cially.

Op­po­nents of the project sug­gest it will neg­a­tively im­pact the town’s Reg­is­tered Her­itage Dis­trict, which is ad­ja­cent to the pro­posed lo­ca­tion.

The owner of Ri­d­ley Of­fices, a 19th-cen­tury Reg­is­tered Her­itage Struc­ture, has also ex­pressed reser­va­tions over how the pro­posed project would po­ten­tially im­pact her prop­erty.

SUB­MIT­TED

This im­age in­cluded in a fea­si­bil­ity study shows what the pro­posed marine in­dus­trial park in Har­bour Grace could look like. This con­cept has re­port­edly been al­tered to move the park 200 feet from the shore ad­ja­cent to Wa­ter Street.

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