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.”