Grand Bank’s down­town and water­front re-devel­op­ment mov­ing ahead

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE GRAND BANK, N.L. paul.her­ridge@south­erngazette.ca

Plans for the first stage of re­de­vel­op­ing Grand Bank’s down­town and water­front area have ap­par­ently been qui­etly com­ing to­gether over the past sev­eral months.

Now, the fund­ing is in place, too.

The plan re­ceived a ma­jor boost on Mon­day, May 14, with the an­nounce­ment of over $870,000 from the fed­eral and provin­cial gov­ern­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the town is re­ceiv­ing $647,209 from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) and $227,775 from the provin­cial Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion (TCII) for the plan, which aims to bet­ter po­si­tion Grand Bank as a tourism des­ti­na­tion.

The re-devel­op­ment plan came up for some dis­cus­sion dur­ing Grand Bank’s coun­cil meet­ing May 7.

Town clerk Cathy Fol­lett in­di­cated a meet­ing had been held with sev­eral stake­hold­ers the pre­vi­ous week, and the town was hop­ing it would be able to go to ten­der soon for some ini­tial work.

The first stage will see streetscap­ing com­pleted in the cor­ri­dor from War­ren’s Store to the Grand Bank Li­ons Cen­tre, in­clud­ing a cob­ble­stone area.

Park­ing is an­other fo­cus of the up­com­ing work with changes iden­ti­fied to im­prove the num­ber of spa­ces avail­able in the area.

The plan calls for the for­mer South Coast Auto build­ing on Church Street to be re­moved and the site turned into a park­ing area.

Park­ing spa­ces in front of the neigh­bour­ing Sow and Sew, Ma­sonic Lodge and fu­ture site of Seren­ity Funeral Home will be re­moved as part of the streetscap­ing and re­lo­cated be­hind the build­ings.

Devel­op­ment of at least one green space – the town-owned land on the cor­ner of Wa­ter Street and River­side West – is also part of the first stage of the plan.

“To me, right now ev­ery­thing is mov­ing for­ward fast and it’s been very, very pos­i­tive,” town man­ager Wayne Bolt said dur­ing the May 7 meet­ing.

Fol­lett told The South­ern Gazette the hope is to get started on the work this sum­mer.

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Town clerk Cathy Fol­lett, Burin-Grand Bank MHA Carol Anne Ha­ley, Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Churence Rogers and town man­ager Wayne Bolt re­cently vis­ited one of the ar­eas that will be de­vel­oped as part of the first phase of the Town of Grand Bank’s...

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