Marine industrial park project reaches environmental assessment stage
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.
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.