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Work begins at Bay Roberts business park site


The movement of trees and soil along L.T. Stick Drive this week signifies the long-awaited start to development of the Bay Roberts business park.

Work began this week at the site of the planned Bay Roberts business park along L.T. Stick Drive.

Pieces of heavy equipment have been working at the site clearing the land, doing some grubbing and making a roadway through the 60-acres of town land situated off L.T. Stick Drive, near Veterans Memorial Highway.

“We’re very excited as a council and we’re very optimistic (about the project),” said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

The work is being completed by the St. John’s-based Pennecon Limited, who have been at the site since an official agreement was signed late last week.

“(Pennecon) wanted to get a jump on the construction season next spring,” said Wood. “They want to get going as soon as possible, and that’s what they’ve done.”

It’s been a long haul for Bay Roberts to get to this point. The idea of a business park goes back more than a decade and through a trio of mayors — Wood, Glenn Littlejohn and Wilbur Sparkes.

In 2012, the town signed a letter of intent with Loblaw Properties Ltd., which operates the Dominion store on Conception Bay Highway. The idea at the time was that the land would serve as a base for a new grocery store,  which could attract other tenants.

However, that deal fell through in July 2013.

“This is an agreement, not a tentative one,” said Wood. “There’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point. It has to feel good for previous councillors and councils to see this.”

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

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