Jamieson to lease land for expansion
City council gave approval Monday to lease five acres of airport land south of Rhodes Drive to Jamieson Laboratories so it can expand.
The company needs to grow but was landlocked in all directions, unless it could use some airport land to the south. The lease avoids the possibility of Jamieson being forced to relocate. The company also received approval from council to rezone the land to industrial.
Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac questioned whether Jamieson’s plans would conflict with any fu- ture needs or plans for the airport property. She also asked if the city had a formal airport development plan in place.
“I want to ensure nothing we are doing here in terms of rezoning will impact on that or any future development we might be looking at.”
Tiffany Pocock, a city staffer who works on corporate projects, responded that the planned company expansion would not interfere with any future plans at the airport. A request for proposals is being prepared so the city can soon hire a consultant to oversee creation of a development plan for unserviced lands at the airport, she added.
A tender for Jamieson’s expansion project will be issued this fall, with construction to be completed some time early next year. A company official has said it’s uncertain whether the expansion will lead to creation of any new jobs at the vitamin and health supplement plant on Rhodes Drive.
It currently employs 350.