Building Capacity in Sudbury’s Industrial Parks – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – October, 2011)
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Industrial park upgrade plan leaves doubt
News that the City of Greater Sudbury has decided to go forward with upgrades to a pair of industrial parks is good news, but leaves lingering doubts, said a mining industry observer.
“There are more questions than there are answers for me,” said Dick DeStefano, executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA). “It just takes so long. That’s the biggest complaint I got back from our guys: it just takes so long to do.”
In June, Sudbury council approved a plan that calls for $65 million in water, wastewater and road infrastructure upgrades to the city’s eight industrial areas, with the parks at Fielding Road, in the city’s west end, and Elisabella Street, on the east side, identified as priorities.
It will cost a combined $875,000 to complete the preliminary environmental assessment and detailed design estimate at those two properties, and city staff have been given the go-ahead to begin the process, deeming the upgrades necessary to encourage economic development. Read the rest of this entry »