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mmmatt
Jul 13, 2010, 5:07 PM
Just heard a "rumour" that "Blondie's" is moving out of the strip by NBCC and moving in to where "VooDoo" was....

JL

Ya that would line up with the rumour that its current home will be demolished (Thank God)...and Swiss Chalet will build a new location on the site. Fabricville and Tabrizi Rugs are already gone.

MonctonRad
Jul 13, 2010, 11:48 PM
i was reading in the T&T this am that everything has been approved for Rona to come to town. this will be a good addition.To me this seems like an odd place to be located, I would think it would be better to be in the same area as Home Depot & Kent. Are there still rumors of Lowes coming to Moncton

So, where is Rona planning to locate?

I'm in Washington DC right now so I'm hungry for Moncton news...............

mylesmalley
Jul 14, 2010, 12:09 AM
On Rufin St, in the dieppe Industrial Park. It's across the street from the Uptown Dieppe project and Co-op store.

mmmatt
Jul 14, 2010, 2:54 AM
I'm in Washington DC right now so I'm hungry for Moncton news...............

Hope you have fun in DC!

Just noticed they are doing exterior renos to NBCC moncton...I was hoping they would, in order to bring it somewhat up to par with the new section. The paint job was a little "long in the tooth" as MonctonRad would say haha.

Also...there is a new veterinary hospital building going up in Riverview at the corner of Pine Glen and Gunningsville blvd (a block away from the new fire station)...looks to be a high quality design especially for that area.

Nearby the new CanTire is putting up exterior cladding.

Also in Riverview the frame for the new Shoppers near the causeway is all up...its at least 3 times bigger than the previous building.

Transit garage is putting up exterior cladding now and it is MASSIVE...they have a render up and it looks very nice for a garage haha.

New building @ UdeM is well underway and they also have a render up which looks great (maybe Ill snap a quick pic when I pass tomorrow).

Courthouse looks better every day (although the concrete block looks a little drab in places...not sure if this is the final finish or not though).

Aeropostal and Laura "superstore" should be opening soon...

Also passed by a HUGE new warehouse going up in caledonia the other day but the exact location escapes me...And Maritime Hydraulic has the frame up on their new building in Caledonia as well...

And there is a very large industrial building going up near the HWY 2 and HWY 15 interchange...Malleys new building maybe???

Passed by what I assume to be the new city jail in Shediac the other day...its got about 1/4 of its frame up...you can see it well from HWY 15 (in between the exit to the beginning of Main st and the exit to Parlee)

Hope thats a decent update for ya! :)

josh_cat_eyes
Jul 14, 2010, 3:52 AM
I was just in Ottawa for a week or so. Took the train there, and that was awesome. Moncton really should have more destinations to travel to by train. Seen the Ottawa Bluesfest with Dream Theatre, Iron Maiden and Rush. 20,000+ at both shows. Moncton should really try to get bands like that. I too noticed the jail in Shediac on my drive home. Also one more note, the really need 4 lanes all the way to Cap-Pele. The traffic is brutal!!!

mylesmalley
Jul 14, 2010, 10:51 AM
Hope you have fun in DC!

Just noticed they are doing exterior renos to NBCC moncton...I was hoping they would, in order to bring it somewhat up to par with the new section. The paint job was a little "long in the tooth" as MonctonRad would say haha.

Also...there is a new veterinary hospital building going up in Riverview at the corner of Pine Glen and Gunningsville blvd (a block away from the new fire station)...looks to be a high quality design especially for that area.

Nearby the new CanTire is putting up exterior cladding.

Also in Riverview the frame for the new Shoppers near the causeway is all up...its at least 3 times bigger than the previous building.

Transit garage is putting up exterior cladding now and it is MASSIVE...they have a render up and it looks very nice for a garage haha.

New building @ UdeM is well underway and they also have a render up which looks great (maybe Ill snap a quick pic when I pass tomorrow).

Courthouse looks better every day (although the concrete block looks a little drab in places...not sure if this is the final finish or not though).

Aeropostal and Laura "superstore" should be opening soon...

Also passed by a HUGE new warehouse going up in caledonia the other day but the exact location escapes me...And Maritime Hydraulic has the frame up on their new building in Caledonia as well...

And there is a very large industrial building going up near the HWY 2 and HWY 15 interchange...Malleys new building maybe???

Passed by what I assume to be the new city jail in Shediac the other day...its got about 1/4 of its frame up...you can see it well from HWY 15 (in between the exit to the beginning of Main st and the exit to Parlee)

Hope thats a decent update for ya! :)

The one at Rt 2 and 15 is us.

The huge one out in Caledonia is a refrigerated warehouse for Loblaws, I believe.

mmmatt
Jul 14, 2010, 6:25 PM
The one at Rt 2 and 15 is us.

The huge one out in Caledonia is a refrigerated warehouse for Loblaws, I believe.

Ahh cool thanks for the info...your new building is very visable from the highway, kudos on that for sure! :)

Also forgot to mention that there is a new 3 floor office going up on flanders court (behind the Y) and there are a few small infill offices going up on Champlain as well...(I find the Black one to be a bit somber, maybe that's just me haha)

And I'm not even mentioning all the residential stuff...would take too long sorry :P

mylesmalley
Jul 15, 2010, 12:25 AM
Took a spin around Riverview this evening. I'm really surprised by just how much construction is going on over there.

NBNYer
Jul 15, 2010, 1:41 AM
:previous: Great updates everyone
Any pics coming maybe? :)

RONA in uptown dieppe: I hope this area is not converted into another "big box power center".....more so.

What about the nearby mixed residential/commercial development on the west side of the boulevard? The whole thing seemed pretty ambitious. What's the latest on this? It doesn't seem to be moving much.

pei guy
Jul 15, 2010, 2:06 AM
Just noticed they are doing exterior renos to NBCC moncton...I was hoping they would, in order to bring it somewhat up to par with the new section. The paint job was a little "long in the tooth" as MonctonRad would say haha.

Also...there is a new veterinary hospital building going up in Riverview at the corner of Pine Glen and Gunningsville blvd (a block away from the new fire station)...looks to be a high quality design especially for that area.

Nearby the new CanTire is putting up exterior cladding.

Also in Riverview the frame for the new Shoppers near the causeway is all up...its at least 3 times bigger than the previous building.

Transit garage is putting up exterior cladding now and it is MASSIVE...they have a render up and it looks very nice for a garage haha.

New building @ UdeM is well underway and they also have a render up which looks great (maybe Ill snap a quick pic when I pass tomorrow).

Courthouse looks better every day (although the concrete block looks a little drab in places...not sure if this is the final finish or not though).

Aeropostal and Laura "superstore" should be opening soon...

Also passed by a HUGE new warehouse going up in caledonia the other day but the exact location escapes me...And Maritime Hydraulic has the frame up on their new building in Caledonia as well...

And there is a very large industrial building going up near the HWY 2 and HWY 15 interchange...Malleys new building maybe???

Passed by what I assume to be the new city jail in Shediac the other day...its got about 1/4 of its frame up...you can see it well from HWY 15 (in between the exit to the beginning of Main st and the exit to Parlee)

Hope thats a decent update for ya! :)

Wow, Moncton is really booming! Congrats on all the development!

Let's hope you guys will keep this going (hopefully with a new downtown arena and events centre).

:cheers:

Steelcowboy
Jul 15, 2010, 5:46 AM
I guess no major concerts this year. I thought the Stade was suppose to have a concert there prior to the Track and field event...kinda test out the goods. Ah well, I wish I was able to get tix for the CFL game.

Lrdevlop
Jul 15, 2010, 7:03 PM
Ive found this site: http://uptowndieppe.ca/english/index/index.cfm pretty interresting...

mmmatt
Jul 16, 2010, 12:09 AM
:previous: Great updates everyone
Any pics coming maybe? :)

RONA in uptown dieppe: I hope this area is not converted into another "big box power center".....more so.

What about the nearby mixed residential/commercial development on the west side of the boulevard? The whole thing seemed pretty ambitious. What's the latest on this? It doesn't seem to be moving much.

The whole development is sort of a bog box take on urban living haha...very interesting and high quality concept though, everything built so far is very nice (espically the "NUVO" building and the aquatic center).

I suppose I could mention one little tidbit of residential news that not everybody would know...the Franklin Crossing development (basically the last swath of land available for a new neighbourhood near the core of the city) has been moving at a brisk pace this summer...check it out sometime if you get a chance, its definitely a much better looking development than our usual stuff (aka Evergreen etc).

Budyser
Jul 16, 2010, 7:36 PM
Ive found this site: http://uptowndieppe.ca/english/index/index.cfm pretty interresting...

A very ambitious goal for this side of Dieppe. Although I like the concept and the whole mini village environment, I just can't see too many people dropping x amount of $$$ to reserve their condo for a project that may or may not develop into what is being seen on these plans.

I took a drive around this area yesterday, and there's definitely lots of work to be done. One building that really caught my eye, was a luxury apartment complex on top of a hill. It looked really really nice. I think the top floor of this complex may have a good view over looking Dieppe and Moncton on the horizon.

Budyser
Jul 16, 2010, 7:54 PM
Millennium blvd is going through a big change. They have completely ripped out this road from Killam to the Dome Sports Complex.

It would appear that a 4 lane stretch of road is being constructed. I'm not sure if there's any plans on modifying the hairpin turn at the railroad/Killam intersection. I hope so, because the widening of this road from 2 lane to 4 lane would be useless, IMO.

Budyser
Jul 16, 2010, 8:00 PM
What's the deal with the new asphalt on Main street? Is this something new in the asphalt world?

When you drive at night, the pavement always looks wet with some sort of reflective coating or something. :shrug:

Budyser
Jul 16, 2010, 11:33 PM
The casino has finally posted some pics of The Centre. Looks mighty fine.

http://casinonb.ca/casino/entertainment/image-gallery/

And some photos of the hotel too.
http://casinonb.ca/casino/hotel-spa/rooms-suites/full-image-gallery/

mylesmalley
Jul 17, 2010, 3:20 AM
The pavement on Main St was so soft you could leave dents in it during the car show street party last week.

curious
Jul 18, 2010, 8:58 PM
Anyone know what is happening there? It doesn't seem that anything has been done in a while. Also, a new shoe store has opened on Maine St. It is amazing but very $$ hopefully it will stay open.

mylesmalley
Jul 18, 2010, 10:27 PM
A whole lot of nothing by the looks of things. Hopefully something will be done with the place in the next few months.

curious
Jul 18, 2010, 11:02 PM
I thought it was suppose to be completed by 2011..I also hope the downtown core gets a boost soon. New restaurant on St. George called Red Satay was great. It was nice to see a new restaurant on this street. Downtown is pretty pathetic :( All the stores are empty. They really need to open an art school, tech, etc downtown this will help the local business's.

mctnguy
Jul 18, 2010, 11:02 PM
I just noticed on the City's website a page regarding Roundabouts.

http://www.moncton.ca/Residents/Roads___Transportation/Traffic_Management/Roundabouts.htm

I am intrigued by the roundabout they are implementing on Ryan rd at Horseman:

http://www.moncton.ca/Assets/Residents+English/Roads+and+Transportation/Roundabouts+English/Rounadbout_Ryan_1.jpg

I believe "Future St" is going to be Twin Oaks?

And also one on Killiam at Purdy:
http://www.moncton.ca/Assets/Residents+English/Roads+and+Transportation/Roundabouts+English/Roundabout_Killam_1.jpg

josh_cat_eyes
Jul 19, 2010, 12:15 AM
Is the second one off Killiam going to connect to the 4-Ice Centre and the Dome? Also on the Killiam Dr. roundabout, they should cut off Waverley Ave. from Killiam Dr. You could easily just turn on to Melville St. and connect to the roundabout via Purdy.

Another question. Would some roundabouts on Vaughan Harvey help to increase the traffic flow? Say at St. George, Millennium, and/or Main? Maybe one on Champlain/Paul could help ease traffic there too.

mctnguy
Jul 19, 2010, 2:08 AM
Is the second one off Killiam going to connect to the 4-Ice Centre and the Dome?

I believe so.

mylesmalley
Jul 19, 2010, 3:26 AM
I don't think the traffic on Vaughan Harvey is bad at all. Certainly not bad enough to justify significant adjustments like that.

The problem with streets like these, and especially Champlain and Paul is the sheer size of land you'd need to make the circle. It would be prohibitively expensive, and probably wouldn't help flow at all.

You are both correct. The road to the south side of the Killam Roundabout is proposed to be an extension of Russ Howard Drive, which connects to the 4-ice centre. My only concern with that circle is making sure that the traffic island on Killam drive is long enough to guarantee people on Colishaw Street don't try and access Waverly directly from their lane that connects directly to Killam. Not only would that be dangerous, it completely defeats the purpose of the circle. I agree we'd be much better seeing Waverly blocked at that end.

josh_cat_eyes
Jul 19, 2010, 8:28 PM
I am not from Moncton, so I was just speculating other places in the area in which you could put a roundabout. What about at the Coliseum/Millennium?

Another question, what is the story with Bridgedale Blvd.?

mylesmalley
Jul 19, 2010, 8:32 PM
Killam and Milenium would be great, but it'd take moving the railroad tracks.
Then again though, it might cause weird issues with Coliseum traffic.

MonctonRad
Jul 20, 2010, 3:53 AM
http://www.moncton.ca/Assets/Residents+English/Roads+and+Transportation/Roundabouts+English/Rounadbout_Ryan_1.jpg

The "future street" at the top will indeed be Twin Oaks Drive. They are already doing site preparation work for the connection. I have a strong suspicion that the "future street" at the bottom may be the termination of Evergreen Drive. It has already jumped Ryan Street and will be the main road through the new subdivision south of Ryan. If you look at the site map on the sign at the entrance of this new subdivision, you can see that the Evergreen Drive extension is going to deviate towards the east which would put it on a direct trajectory for Horseman Road.

On a side note, I'm currently in Gettysburg PA and have internet access for the first time in about five days. It seems like things are pretty dead at home right now. Are there no new announcements or rumours?

mylesmalley
Jul 20, 2010, 10:50 AM
Well...

New Shoppers in Riverview is progressing nicely
New 3 story apartment building is going up on St George at Robinson
Codiac Transit building on Millennium is nearly done
Roof is starting on our new facility in Dieppe
The dirt pile is gone next to the train station (I think)
There are a couple of new buildings going up along Champlain

riverviewer
Jul 20, 2010, 9:10 PM
Didn't see any mention of this school rebuild in our forum. The new facade looks great from Notre Dame.

$17-million expansion and renovation project underway at École Sainte-Thérèse

July 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Two major tenders have been awarded as part of a $17-million expansion and renovation project at École Sainte-Thérèse in Dieppe, Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty announced today.

"I am very pleased that students at École Sainte-Thérèse will have the benefit of brand new classroom space this coming school year, and Phase 2 of the renovations will be complete by September 2010," said Doherty. "The new and improved school will be bright and spacious, and will meet the needs of the growing student body in the Dieppe area."

A $4.8-million tender for construction of 16 new classrooms was recently awarded to Avondale Construction, and work is currently underway.

The second phase of the project, worth $9.3 million, has been awarded to Foulem Construction Ltée. It includes renovations to the existing cafeteria, and demolition of the remaining school building to construct a new gym, resource centre, administration centre, staff lounge, six classrooms, six kindergarten classrooms, two special education rooms, two multipurpose rooms, student services areas, and a music room.

"New Brunswick's economy grows when we invest in education," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "We're not only building modern schools for students, we're also investing in our province's greatest resource: our students.

"As a result of this project, the students of École Sainte-Thérèse will have a modern school where they can be innovative, be creative, and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in a 21st century economy. By making these investments in education, we are creating a well-educated population who will one day inherit a self-sufficient New Brunswick."

As part of the Government of New Brunswick's Green Buildings Program, the improvements at École Sainte-Thérèse have been designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

drewber
Jul 21, 2010, 3:46 AM
And also one on Killiam at Purdy:
http://www.moncton.ca/Assets/Residents+English/Roads+and+Transportation/Roundabouts+English/Roundabout_Killam_1.jpg

As a future motorist this intrigues me. As a current pedestrian, this terrifies me. I don't see myself ever being able to make it across any of those crosswalks since roundabout traffic rarely yields for pedestrians. Hopefully they will implement something otherwise i will be taking an extra 5 minutes to walk around this death trap.

mmmatt
Jul 21, 2010, 3:54 AM
IAAF championship of to a "running" start (haha)...Opening ceremony was a sold out crowd of 10,000 including Stephen Harper.

CBC has the whole thing archived on their website (along with the rest of the events)

Here is the link for the opening:

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Sports/ID=1548283594 (http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Sports/Track_and_Field/2010_World_Junior_Track_&_Field_Championships/ID=1548309277)

Even if you don't want to watch the whole thing they have a very slick intro showing off some Moncton landmarks :)

mylesmalley
Jul 21, 2010, 3:56 AM
They aren't ideal for pedestrians, that's for sure. Perhaps some kind of lighted crossings might be effective?

mmmatt
Jul 21, 2010, 4:20 PM
Moncton has again been shown to be one of the safer metros in Canada :)

Atlantic Metros----Crime Index---Natl Rank

Moncton-------------75.8--------13
St. John's------------90.6--------21
Saint John-----------96.4--------23
Halifax---------------97.2--------24

josh_cat_eyes
Jul 21, 2010, 10:51 PM
As a future motorist this intrigues me. As a current pedestrian, this terrifies me. I don't see myself ever being able to make it across any of those crosswalks since roundabout traffic rarely yields for pedestrians. Hopefully they will implement something otherwise i will be taking an extra 5 minutes to walk around this death trap.

Moncton's version of the "Armdale Rotary?"

Also whats the name of the new subdivision with the extension of Evergreen Dr and who is the Realtor?

MonctonRad
Jul 22, 2010, 1:46 PM
Well, I'm back from vacation and ready to jump back into the fray.

Riverview liquor store on the move
Published Thursday July 22nd, 2010

NB Liquor to relocate to new Sobeys store on Findlay Boulevard
By Eric Lewis
Times & Transcript Staff

Riverview's growing Findlay Park business area got another shot in the arm this week as officials with NB Liquor confirmed yesterday that it will move from its current Riverview location on Coverdale Road.

The store will move to Findlay Boulevard in late winter or early spring of next year as an addition to the Sobeys grocery store, similar to the Sobeys-NB Liquor building on Vaughn Harvey Boulevard in Moncton.

The new liquor store will be about 10,400 square feet (966 square metres), roughly 3,000 square feet (280 square metres) larger than the current store.

Nora Lacey, manager of communications for NB Liquor, says the size difference will allow Riverview to offer roughly 30 per cent more product than it currently does.

It will boast the chain's new interior design similar to the recently renovated Mountain Road store next to Fairlanes Bowling and will feature larger aisles, more defined product areas and a discount sales aisle.

"We're really looking for a larger store," Lacey says when asked why the company is moving. "Riverview is quite cramped in terms of size, the customer count and the amount of products.

"And we're also looking, as we've done elsewhere in the province, to relocate our stores to high traffic and high visibility areas. And the new Findlay Park area of Riverview is kind of the new commercial hub for the Town of Riverview. Being adjacent to Sobeys gives us the one-shop customer stopping, which increases the customer shopping experience."

Lacey says there was no consideration given to opening a second location in Riverview.

Sobeys, which owns the building, will build an addition to it for NB Liquor.

The move will cost NB Liquor $200,000 plus the cost of replacing aging pallet handling and floor cleaning equipment that was due for replacement anyway, Lacey says.

The Riverview NB Liquor store boasted $9.4 million in sales in the financial year 2008-2009, falling roughly in line with the store on Elmwood Drive in Moncton or with stores in Oromocto and Edmundston.

By comparison, the Vaughn Harvey store's sales were nearly $13 million that year and Sackville's were $5 million.

The Riverview NB Liquor currently employs 13 people, and Lacey says it's too early to say whether the move will necessitate hiring more staff.

Shane Thomson, Riverview's director of economic development, says NB Liquor's move is "indicative of this uptown' Riverview phenomenon that it shaping up, up there."

He says the town is happy to see its infrastructure investments in the area paying off.

The current Riverview liquor store opened in January 2001 in a brand-new building after leaving its longtime home in the Riverview Mall.

As to what will happen with NB Liquor's soon-to-be former home, that was unclear yesterday.

The building is owned by Crombie REIT, a company related to Sobeys.

With the NB Liquor move, it is the second hole that will be left on Coverdale Road, Riverview's longtime business centre.

Sobeys vacated its former home on Coverdale Road last year and it has yet to be filled.

There has long been speculation that a Lawtons drug store may move into the building with doctors offices similar to the company's location on Mountain Road, but nothing has been announced or confirmed. However, there is still activity taking place on Coverdale as Riverview's Fundy Chocolate River Station has been opening in stages in recent months, with Olivier Soapery, Briggs Maples and Business Riverview all setting up shop and Ganong Chocolates expected to join them.

"A pairing of NB Liquor with our new Sobeys store in Riverview delivers added convenience and one-stop shopping for residents in the community," said Jill Thomas Myrick, director, communications and corporate affairs for Sobeys Atlantic.

MonctonGoldenFlames
Jul 22, 2010, 3:39 PM
[I]
Riverview liquor store on the move

now, does the fox and hound take over that spot? i think they should.

JasonL-Moncton
Jul 22, 2010, 4:41 PM
$9.4 MILLION in a store in a town the size of Riverview on booze in one year!?!? In the three stores they listed they made $27.4 MILLION...and NBLC feels the need to raise it's prices something like every three months...good lord!


JL

Sony500
Jul 23, 2010, 3:06 AM
Not hard to tell its run by the government, now if only they could run NB Power the same way.

MonctonRad
Jul 24, 2010, 1:39 AM
Well, I took in the evening session today at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships today. I must admit to being very impressed at how well it is organized. It really has a marvellous feel to it and the level of competition is top notch. I would say that there were about 7,500 in the stands tonight. I'm willing to bet that the final attendance figures for the event will likely top 80,000 (since they are about 60,000 right now).

The stadium is great.........kudos to everyone!! :tup:

JasonL-Moncton
Jul 24, 2010, 1:51 PM
:previous:

+1 That is one heck of a nice stadium/event...an event this size needs to have more 'food' for spectators on site though (and dear god $5 for a crappy hamburger!?).

JL

Sony500
Jul 24, 2010, 2:01 PM
The region is bringing in enough money on events like this, there is no need to chargw that much for a burger, if they would sell them for 2 dollars they would probably sell a heck of a lot more of them.

MonctonRad
Jul 24, 2010, 8:39 PM
I drove down Berry Mills Road today. The reconstruction of Horsman Road appears to be about half done. There is also a foundation under construction at the northeast corner of Berry Mills/Horsman which is presumably the rumoured Tim Horton's that was to go there. It's probably a smart idea to build the Timmies at the same time as all the roadwork is being done.

MonctonRad
Jul 25, 2010, 2:41 AM
Was downtown this evening to the street party and medal presentations at city hall plaza (Moncton took note of Vancouver presenting some of their medals away from the sports venue). Good crowd and neat to hear all the national anthems being played during the presentations.

After the street party, there was a spectacular fireworks display on the riverfront. It was without question the best fireworks display I have ever seen. It was done by a professional fireworks display company and was choreographed to music. I don't think so much ordinance has been ignited in one place since Vimy Ridge! :haha: Seriously, I think that this display would have compared favourably to some of the fireworks festivals in Montreal or Vancouver. :tup:

Too bad the world championships end tomorrow. :( It has been a very professional show!!

Phil_5
Jul 25, 2010, 1:05 PM
:previous:
I was also in the crowd yesterday evening during the medal presentation and the spectacular firework show. What a crowd! I never seen so much people in the downtown area. Restaurants and bars were occupied all night therefore, I think the event had a great economic repercussion in the area.:tup:

As a volunteer for the IAAF World Junior Championships, I am also sad that the event is ending soon.

*Yesterday I noticed that the BellAliant tower was unusually somber. There was no red blinking lights on the top. Any thoughts on this...possibly a light failure?

MonctonRad
Jul 26, 2010, 12:16 AM
Canada ends world junior track with 2 medals
Last Updated: Sunday, July 25, 2010 | 7:09 PM ET
The Canadian Press

The Canadian women's 4x400-metre relay team narrowly missed another record performance in finishing fifth as the IAAF world junior track and field championships wrapped up Sunday in Moncton, N.B.

Katie Reid of Surrey, B.C., Annie Leblanc of Repentigny, Que., Carly Paracholski of Winnipeg and Chanice Taylor-Chase of Ajax, Ont., combined for a time of three minutes, 35.08 seconds, 0.58 seconds off the national junior mark the foursome set in Saturday's heats.

The U.S. team of Diamond Dixon, Stacey-Ann Smith, Laura Roesler, and Regina George won in a world-leading time of 3:31.20, beating Nigeria (3:31.84) and Jamaica (3:32.24). The Bahamas set a national record of 3:33.43 en route to finishing fourth.

"This was an amazing field to run against," Reid said. "We were up against the best in the world and we all ran our best."

The Americans also dominated the men's 4x400 relay, winning gold in 3:04.76, almost two seconds ahead of Nigeria.

Connor McCollough gave the Americans a third gold medal Sunday, tossing a championship record of 80.79 metres in the men's hammer throw.

Together with Casimir Loxsom's silver in the men's 800 and a bronze for Robby Andrews in that event, the U.S. captured five medals on the final day of competition to finish with 15 overall.

That wasn't enough to catch the Kenyans atop the medal standings, who also had 15 medals — seven of them gold versus six for the U.S.

Kenya collected four medals in Sunday's nine events, winning gold and silver in the men's 3,000 steeplechase. Jonathan Muia Ndiku defended his title, crossing in 8:23.48 for the 13th Kenyan victory in 13 editions of the world junior event. Albert Kiptoo Yator made it the ninth time the country finished 1-2 in the event.

Kenya's David Mutinda Mutua added gold in the men's 800 metres in 1:46.41, while Nancy Chepkwemoi won bronze in the women's 1,500 metres that was won by Ethiopia's Tizita Bogale in 4:08.06.

Canada's relay result capped a successful home country effort, with 10 top-eight performances that beat the previous best of eight. Canada finished tied for 13th in the placing table with 37 points.

Canada's medallists Taylor Stewart and Aaron Brown carried the IAAF and Canadian flags into the stadium for the closing ceremonies. Stewart won bronze in long jump while Brown was third in the 200 metres.

The Canadian athletes were thrilled with the support they received from the sizable Moncton crowds.

"It was amazing," Brown said at the closing news conference.

The Toronto sprinter ran six races in total, saying "Then at night I would sit down and remember the crowds."

In other finals Sunday, Aleksey Fedorov of Russia soared 16.68 metres to win the triple jump, while Marija Vuckovic, the first athlete from Montenegro ever to compete in the world juniors, cleared 1.91 metres to win gold in women's high jump.

Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagard won the 110-metre hurdles in 13.52 seconds.

More than 1,400 athletes from 163 countries competed in 44 events during the week-long event at the new 10,000-seat Moncton 2010 Stadium. The 19-and-under competition was the largest sporting event ever held in Atlantic Canada.

IAAF secretary-general Pierre Weiss called the event a "great championships, close to our best ever."

Larry Nelson, president of the organizing committee, used the stage of the closing ceremonies to acknowledge the spectators, the army of volunteers and the visiting delegations.

"Thank you for the memories you have created," Nelson said. "This event has forever changed this community."



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/amateur/story/2010/07/25/sp-canada-world-juniortrack.html#ixzz0uhBdEISV

mikeohara
Jul 26, 2010, 12:16 AM
Hi folks, long time no post from me....

*Yesterday I noticed that the BellAliant tower was unusually somber. There was no red blinking lights on the top. Any thoughts on this...possibly a light failure?

Yeah I noticed that over the last few days. I actually reported it to Nav Canada the other day, I am amazed it has not been fixed yet. I'm sure Nav Can has issued a NOTAM by now.

I believe there is a regulation that structures of that height MUST have its navigational & hazard lighting operational at all times especially in an active aeronautical flight zone, (hence why I notified Nav Can.)

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On another note, can anyone shed some light on what's going on with the Highfield Square/CN buildings rumors? I've heard a number of them, and Im just curious what others in the Know have heard.

JasonL-Moncton
Jul 26, 2010, 12:31 PM
Was downtown this evening to the street party and medal presentations at city hall plaza (Moncton took note of Vancouver presenting some of their medals away from the sports venue). Good crowd and neat to hear all the national anthems being played during the presentations.

After the street party, there was a spectacular fireworks display on the riverfront. It was without question the best fireworks display I have ever seen. It was done by a professional fireworks display company and was choreographed to music. I don't think so much ordinance has been ignited in one place since Vimy Ridge! :haha: Seriously, I think that this display would have compared favourably to some of the fireworks festivals in Montreal or Vancouver. :tup:

Too bad the world championships end tomorrow. :( It has been a very professional show!!

I must say I was disappointed with the downtown events, they 'ended' too early. We went to the track to watch the events Friday night and then picked up some friends to go downtown to 'experience the culture', I was really looking forward to the World Village...everything was closed up, it was 10:40pm! We sat on the patio at Mexi's and Friday night downtown was pathetic, I saw a lot of people filtering into downtown and then leave when there was nothing there?

Why would they have everything downtown end at the same time as everything at the track, that's just silly. They should have kept that place 'hopping' until at least midnight and then people would have lingered at the bars and restaurants later. Most bar patrons didn't start showing up downtown until 11:30 and the street was empty...sad.

I was really disappointed with that aspect of the events downtown.

JL

MonctonRad
Jul 26, 2010, 1:04 PM
:previous:

I don't disagree with what you have said. My post dealt with the quality of the track meet itself (very professional), as well as the downtown awards ceremony and the fireworks display. These were all well done.

The downtown street party was muted and the multicultural village was lame. As for the early closing, the only defence I can think of is that this was a "junior" world championships, with all participants being 19 years of age and under. Perhaps the organizers didn't want to emphasize the "drunken partying" aspect of the celebrations..........just a thought.

MonctonRad
Jul 26, 2010, 2:01 PM
Stadium a multi-faceted venue: Fowler
Published Monday July 26th, 2010

Experience from events like IAAF championships could bring a plethora of events to Moncton
BY ALLISON TOOGOOD
TIMES & TRANSCRIPT STAFF

Moncton may see the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium as a premier athletics venue, especially with the CFL game in September and the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Track and Field Championships.

The stadium and all its inherent facilities will be an asset to the community for future events in the city. But there's more to the venue than just sports.

The city's general manager of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Culture says he is currently pursuing other major events that the stadium could hold.

"It has been designed to host musical events as it can hold up to 25,000 people," Ian Fowler says, "There's been concert promoters in town in the last 10 days to check it out."

The stadium's design and development includes a tarp to cover the entire top opening and has a heavy-duty cover for the grass and track.

"The covering is for the track and grass so you could put a stage out there and have trucks drive on it," Fowler says.

And locals are hungry for more concerts, especially with the lack-there-of this summer.

A Riverview resident checked out some of the events at last week's IAAF World Junior Championships.

"I'd say this venue here is as good as the hill, obviously not as big but it could be better in some respects," John Lunney says.

He also has an opinion on who should play in Moncton at the stadium.

"I think everybody wants to see U2."

Not only is the new, state-of-the-art stadium attracting event promoters, Fowler says the city itself is becoming a strong contender due to hosting so many world stage events in recent years.

"The lessons learned strengthens bids for an event of this magnitude," he says. "During these championships, we raised the bar and set the standard in cooperation with the government, which helps position us and the country that much further on the international stage."

He says that past events helped the city and organizers prepare themselves for last week's championships.

"What we learned at the Stones' concert in 2005, and from curling (in 2009), we implemented into the track. This is where the legacy continues for the world stage events."

Apart from hosting events and attracting potential concerts, Fowler says the stadium will definitely be open for public use.

"In the community component, we will need to work out details, but we see it open for walking an running this fall."

The stadium will also be home to Moncton's South East Athletics track and field club.

Fowler says that local athletic associations will soon be able to use the track.

"We'll be having the minor soccer day of champions," he says, "And we'll be looking at soccer, more football and obviously for varsity sports programs at UdeM."

http://harvest.canadaeast.com/image.php?id=547993&size=800x0

Fireworks on the Moncton riverfront for the IAAF Championships

David_99
Jul 26, 2010, 3:02 PM
The downtown street party was muted and the multicultural village was lame. As for the early closing, the only defence I can think of is that this was a "junior" world championships, with all participants being 19 years of age and under. Perhaps the organizers didn't want to emphasize the "drunken partying" aspect of the celebrations..........just a thought.

While sitting at Rouge Resto on Saturday night, I saw a whole team was asked to leave "The Bend" pub in Robinson Court. I couldn't make out what country it was though. Maybe next year, kids.

:cheers:

MonctonRad
Jul 26, 2010, 3:15 PM
This is a link to a .pdf from the GMPDC website regarding the proposal for the new Sobey's off of Elmwood Drive.

http://www.gmpdc.ca/webcura/files/683.pdf

The Sobey's will be quite a bit recessed off of Elmwood and the proposal calls for the development of two additional buildings. Building "B" will be attached to the Sobey's and I'm willing to bet that it will be an NB Liquor outlet. Building "C" will be at the front of the property adjacent to Elmwood and would appear to be the right size for a Lawton's Pharmacy. Those are my predictions.

A new road will also be created.........."Fils de Jesus Avenue", which will allow access to the back of the property for future development.

ithree
Jul 26, 2010, 3:22 PM
I must say I was disappointed with the downtown events, they 'ended' too early. We went to the track to watch the events Friday night and then picked up some friends to go downtown to 'experience the culture', I was really looking forward to the World Village...everything was closed up, it was 10:40pm! We sat on the patio at Mexi's and Friday night downtown was pathetic, I saw a lot of people filtering into downtown and then leave when there was nothing there?

Why would they have everything downtown end at the same time as everything at the track, that's just silly. They should have kept that place 'hopping' until at least midnight and then people would have lingered at the bars and restaurants later. Most bar patrons didn't start showing up downtown until 11:30 and the street was empty...sad.

I was really disappointed with that aspect of the events downtown.

JL

I was also slightly disappointed with the Mosaiq festival as well, mostly because I thought there was going to be more international food available.

The Bostford/Main part of downtown might of been dead, but Robinson Court wasn't. I don't remember ever seeing that many people in the court area. I went back on Saturday for a drink with the in-laws and while it didn't seem as packed, there was still a lot of people. I also dropped by the Gate for a drink and noticed that there was a lot of delegates from IAAF enjoying a few cold one's.

On another note, I loved seeing the thousands of people walking through downtown after the fireworks. I couldn't help but think that the same would happen if/when we get a downtown arena.

mctnguy
Jul 26, 2010, 5:53 PM
On another note, can anyone shed some light on what's going on with the Highfield Square/CN buildings rumors? I've heard a number of them, and Im just curious what others in the Know have heard.

What rumors are these that you speak of?

bam63
Jul 26, 2010, 6:57 PM
[QUOTE=mctnguy;4925445]What rumors are these that you speak of?[/QUOTE

Rumours i've heard,
About three months ago while picking up my wife from work at the terminal bldgs she blurted out the news of that day was that the irvings were now the new owners of Highfeild Square.

David_99
Jul 26, 2010, 7:46 PM
This is a link to a .pdf from the GMPDC website regarding the proposal for the new Sobey's off of Elmwood Drive.

http://www.gmpdc.ca/webcura/files/683.pdf

The Sobey's will be quite a bit recessed off of Elmwood and the proposal calls for the development of two additional buildings. Building "B" will be attached to the Sobey's and I'm willing to bet that it will be an NB Liquor outlet. Building "C" will be at the front of the property adjacent to Elmwood and would appear to be the right size for a Lawton's Pharmacy. Those are my predictions.

A new road will also be created.........."Fils de Jesus Avenue", which will allow access to the back of the property for future development.

Here's a before and after image taken from page 8. It also shows a little more of the entrance/exit then the PDF did.

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/5537/sobeys.jpg

Edit: What does the City R-O-W mean? I know there's a septic tank in that area where there's open lots between the houses. Would that be a future road I wonder?

NBNYer
Jul 26, 2010, 8:30 PM
"City right of way" for future street I guess.

The new Sobeys is pretty far from Elmwood, and apparently behind the current building. Looks like they're tearing it down for added parking, and/or better visibility...a shame really. :(

David_99
Jul 26, 2010, 9:30 PM
"City right of way" for future street I guess.

The new Sobeys is pretty far from Elmwood, and apparently behind the current building. Looks like they're tearing it down for added parking, and/or better visibility...a shame really. :(

Not only is it a shame that they are tearing down such a nice building for basically a parking lot, it's going to create a few more empty lots just down the road.

If it is indeed Lawton's and NBLC that are moving, along with the then-redundant Low Food/Price Chopper, recently closed Pizza Delight and old Villa de Repot lot, there's going to be a lot of empty space just south of the site.

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/6139/elmwood.jpg

I don't see too many high-end stores/restaurants moving into the area. I wonder, what will become of these lots? I'd hate to see this part of Elmwood fall any further. There's already some rough neighbourhoods, shady motels and the "hick" bar. The last thing we need is abandoned buildings.

C_Boy
Jul 26, 2010, 10:06 PM
Not only is it a shame that they are tearing down such a nice building for basically a parking lot, it's going to create a few more empty lots just down the road.

I don't see too many high-end stores/restaurants moving into the area. I wonder, what will become of these lots? I'd hate to see this part of Elmwood fall any further. There's already some rough neighbourhoods, shady motels and the "hick" bar. The last thing we need is abandoned buildings.

Yeah I know what you mean however they keep on building new appartment buildings mostly for the students of U de M in the area and fixin up some of those houses too. They recently finished one on Connolly behind the price chopper that looks pretty good. Maybe they will do the same with some of that land.

mctnguy
Jul 26, 2010, 11:10 PM
What rumors are these that you speak of?

Rumours i've heard,
About three months ago while picking up my wife from work at the terminal bldgs she blurted out the news of that day was that the irvings were now the new owners of Highfeild Square.

Do you think they now "own" the CN buildings too?

ithree
Jul 27, 2010, 1:01 AM
Does anyone know what's happening in Victoria Park? There's a couple earth movers and a giant hole in the middle of the park.

David_99
Jul 27, 2010, 1:16 AM
Does anyone know what's happening in Victoria Park? There's a couple earth movers and a giant hole in the middle of the park.

I'm not sure but they are digging holes all over the city replacing pipes.

Also the On-ramp/Off-ramp and entrance to McNaughton High on St George are all under construction. Were they planning on building a new intersection with lights there or another roundabout?

MonctonRad
Jul 27, 2010, 1:43 AM
I'm not sure but they are digging holes all over the city replacing pipes.

Also the On-ramp/Off-ramp and entrance to McNaughton High on St George are all under construction. Were they planning on building a new intersection with lights there or another roundabout?

- As for Victoria Park, I have no idea but they were planning to rejuvenate the entire park in a multi-year phased manner. They did the new bandstand area a couple of years ago, perhaps it is time for phase two.

- re: the entrance to McNaughton High..........they are realligning the northbound off ramp from Wheeler Blvd. so that it will access St. George St. directly across from the McNaughton High School access road. This new intersection will be signalized. There will be no roundabout.

mylesmalley
Jul 27, 2010, 1:59 AM
Crombie REIT still lists both Terminal Plaza buildings, as well as Highfield Square under their Moncton assets. I suspect some kind of announcement would have been made had the mall/area been sold to the Irvings.

As for St George at Wheeler, I don't recall exactly how they were going to reconfigure the intersection, but I'm pretty sure it included an additional set of lights on the high school side of the underpass.

mylesmalley
Jul 27, 2010, 2:02 AM
:previous:
My bad, MonctonRad. I guess I didn't read your entire post. That makes a lot of sense.

However, by doing that, are they planning on removing the circular ramp that connects eastbound wheeler to westbound St George? If they realign the current offramp on that side, you'll have two ways to access St. George from the same side. One ramp would be redundant.

MonctonRad
Jul 27, 2010, 3:17 AM
:previous:

I'm pretty sure the other ramps will remain as they currently are.

There were two major issues at that interchange that are going to be addressed by this reconfiguration and signalization:

(1) - The left turning traffic into McNaughton High in the morning is very heavy. There are a lot of near misses every day because of the high westbound traffic volume on St. George heading towards MID. Traffic lights are essential to improve highway safety.

(2) - At present, the northbound off ramp from Wheeler is slightly offset from the McNaughton access road. There are some vehicles exiting from Wheeler that proceed obliquely across St. George to get into McNaughton. This is flagrantly illegal and very dangerous. By alligning the offramp with the access road and introducing signals, these issues will disappear. :)

mikeohara
Jul 27, 2010, 2:16 PM
What rumors are these that you speak of?

I've heard a couple of things. All around the fact that that site will be the future home of a new indoor stadium to replace Coliseum sooner than later.

Rumours include:

(1) Highfield Square & CN towers to be consumed for new Coliseum replacement/convention center
(2) Just the Mall would be consumed for above mentioned reason


(1) The entire property including the mall and the CN buildings will be demolished and all available land would be utilized. Part of the reasoning was it has been said that the CN buildings suffer from "sick building syndrome" and are just too old.

But on the other hand, those buildings just got a million dollar+ refit to their ventilation systems which was very recently finished. It wouldn't make sense to put that kind of money into it, and then tear it all down. - also Crombie is actively trying to lease space in those buildings, why lease out something that will just be demolished anyway.

(2) The other rumor being that they are just waiting on making a deal with HBC to end their lease, and the mall will be shut down and demolished, and used for the stadium grounds. Issue there being that HBC has a long term commitment to maintain the Bay in that location for a significant period of time, and it would be in violation of its obligations if it gave it up. The flip side is that Crombie has to maintain their end of the lease, or they get nailed themselves.

So i guess the issue becomes it is a matter they have to agree to relocate The Bay to a new location, or pay out to settle and shut it down entirely. Crombie owns a number of other properties, and there is enough land around, im sure the Bay could be accommodated. (besides, after working there a number of years ago -- 2001 ish, the current location really is not in great shape. The Bay would be better off getting out of it sooner than later)

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On another note... whats the old Tim's property being converted to? they just revised the front facia, and look to be putting some work into it... I heard it could be a Starbucks, but the colors don't match.. maybe Second Cup - or something else entirely? - I keep hearing murmurs about Starbuck's interest in going downtown somewhere.. (the old Deja Vu location being one idea, as well as the old Tim's at 1113? main) but no fixed idea on location.

MonctonRad
Jul 27, 2010, 3:14 PM
Rumours include:

(1) Highfield Square & CN towers to be consumed for new Coliseum replacement/convention center
(2) Just the Mall would be consumed for above mentioned reason

This has been speculated upon in this forum for some time. Highfield Square is one of the two favoured sites for a downtown arena.

I tend to agree with you, I don't think the terminal office complex will be sacrificed. I could see it being renovated as part of an overall site redevelopment. The possibility of including a convention centre as part of the redevelopment is intriguing. This could also support the inclusion of a new hotel as well. One of the posters on this forum has already suggested that one of the terminal complex buildings could be refurbished as a hotel.

On another note... whats the old Tim's property being converted to? they just revised the front facia, and look to be putting some work into it... I heard it could be a Starbucks, but the colors don't match.. maybe Second Cup - or something else entirely? - I keep hearing murmurs about Starbuck's interest in going downtown somewhere.. (the old Deja Vu location being one idea, as well as the old Tim's at 1113? main) but no fixed idea on location.

I am surprised that there isn't yet a downtown Starbucks in Moncton. Most other cities in the region already have at least one outlet in the downtown core.

I too have noticed the renovations ongoing at the old Timmies across from Highfield but I would be surprised if Starbucks moves in here. This location would seem to be too inconvenient to the core of Main Street. I imagine Starbucks would want to be within a couple of blocks of the Blue Cross/Assomption district.

JHikka
Jul 27, 2010, 6:58 PM
I too have noticed the renovations ongoing at the old Timmies across from Highfield but I would be surprised if Starbucks moves in here. This location would seem to be too inconvenient to the core of Main Street. I imagine Starbucks would want to be within a couple of blocks of the Blue Cross/Assomption district.

Starbucks have a way of getting new locations as near to Tim's locations as possible. The odds of them moving into a former Tim's location, however, is probably pretty slim.

sdm
Jul 27, 2010, 7:06 PM
Starbucks have a way of getting new locations as near to Tim's locations as possible. The odds of them moving into a former Tim's location, however, is probably pretty slim.

Starbucks just moved into a former Tim's location in downtown Halifax, so it is possible.

riverviewer
Jul 27, 2010, 10:10 PM
Bad news for the old Sobey's location in Riverview. Crombie REIT has a sign up showing the location is up for lease. I guess any tenant that was rumoured to be moving in isn't.

MonctonRad
Jul 28, 2010, 12:37 AM
Preview of EA Sports NHL 2011.

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There's something familiar about the rink and the teams used in the opening sequence. :haha:

DieppeGuy99
Jul 28, 2010, 2:05 AM
Preview of EA Sports NHL 2011.

<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RMMRxl5x0Lw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RMMRxl5x0Lw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>

There's something familiar about the rink and the teams used in the opening sequence. :haha:

Commentary says Moncton, but look carefully on the screen and it lists Dieppe as the location.

Taeolas
Jul 28, 2010, 2:17 AM
They also mispronounce Moncton but it is neat none the less.

Couldn't they have gotten the QHL logo for the intro though? They had the NHL and WHL logos between the respective teams.

JasonL-Moncton
Jul 28, 2010, 1:22 PM
Starbucks just moved into a former Tim's location in downtown Halifax, so it is possible.

The old Tim's downtown by Highfield Square is still owned by the local Tim's franchisee...they are just renovating it to lease it to some other business. I highly doubt that would be a competitor.

JL

PS> I still say they should make the old CN building a 'hotel' next to the new arena.

David_99
Jul 28, 2010, 2:21 PM
Commentary says Moncton, but look carefully on the screen and it lists Dieppe as the location.

Does the Aqua Centre double as a rink in the winter!?

drewber
Jul 28, 2010, 2:49 PM
The old Tim's downtown by Highfield Square is still owned by the local Tim's franchisee...they are just renovating it to lease it to some other business. I highly doubt that would be a competitor.

JL

PS> I still say they should make the old CN building a 'hotel' next to the new arena.

Anyone interested in how it looks as of monday i took a pic.
http://picturemessaging.rogers.com/mmps/RECIPIENT/000_02788247f925620d_1/2.jpg?partExt=.jpg&outquality=56&rand=2978810835089416576&ext=.jpg&limitsize=600,800&inviteToken=SEGr4VPnYk5sKkSU7Q5o

Sony500
Jul 28, 2010, 4:19 PM
With rumours going around saying that the new arena will be at Highfield Sq. location, If I were Tims, I would be reopening.

Taeolas
Jul 28, 2010, 5:23 PM
Could be a short term lease perhaps, so they make money (rent) while the construction is going on, and when it becomes a good Tims location again, they'll boot the tenant and reopen it as a Tims?

theshark
Jul 28, 2010, 7:01 PM
If they are holding on to this location and renovating it, they must know something we don't

JasonL-Moncton
Jul 28, 2010, 7:02 PM
With rumours going around saying that the new arena will be at Highfield Sq. location, If I were Tims, I would be reopening.

I'm sure that Tim's will have a presence in the new arena and thus wouldn't need an exterior presence.

JL

mylesmalley
Jul 28, 2010, 7:57 PM
If they are holding on to this location and renovating it, they must know something we don't

Not necessarily. That corner is pretty prime real estate, regardless of what happens with the mall. You're on a major street downtown, and you have office buildings on all four sides.

MonctonRad
Jul 28, 2010, 10:34 PM
New Shediac jail progresses, expected to open next year
Published Wednesday July 28th, 2010

But city, developers anxious for Moncton jail property to be available
By James Foster
Times & Transcript Staff

SHEDIAC - Work is on schedule at the site of the new provincial jail being built here, but there's still no word on when Moncton might find itself with a prime piece of jail-free real estate in its downtown.

http://harvest.canadaeast.com/image.php?id=549491&size=800x0
GREG AGNEW/TIMES & TRANSCRIPTThe New Brunswick government awarded the main contract for construction of the Southeast Correctional Centre to Maricon Construction Management Ltd.

Moncton City Hall and private developers have been anxious to learn when the key property on which the Moncton Detention Centre sits will become available for development. They'll have to wait a little longer to find out, say officials and politicians attending yesterday's awarding of the main contract for the Southeast Correctional Centre that is now being built here.

Minister of Business New Brunswick Victor Boudreau said once the new jail opens here next year, the fate of the Moncton facility will be up to the Department of Supply and Services (DSS).

"It will be up to them after that," Boudreau said.

Most likely, the prime downtown Moncton property would be offered to the City of Moncton or put on the market.

There is no firm date set yet for that process to begin.

The main contract for construction of the Shediac jail was awarded officially yesterday to Maricon Construction of Saint John. The job is worth $23 million.

"This important investment will ensure that the province meets a critical infrastructure need in our provincial correctional system while creating hundreds of construction jobs," Boudreau said after having a look at the construction activity.

Boudreau was speaking on behalf of Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty.

The centre will cover 8,820 square metres, or 98,000 square feet, and will feature three accommodation units, each containing 30 cells for a total occupancy of about 150 inmates compared to the Moncton jail's capacity of 58 guests, though there are always more inmates housed there than that.

The new Shediac facility, located on Ohio Road, which borders the four-lane Moncton-to-Shediac Highway 15 (Veterans' Highway), will also include areas for admitting and discharging prisoners, medical services, program rooms, secure visitation, food services and facilities for administration and staff.

With a new jail also being built in Dalhousie, New Brunswick's capacity to house inmates will rise to 500 from today's 364.

The new jail in Dalhousie will be 3,857 square metres, or 41,519 square feet, with five accommodation units boasting 10 cells each.

Shediac Mayor Raymond Cormier has said all along that the new jail not only boosts the town's tax base by at least $700,000, but opens up many acres of land to development. The Lino Road has been a dirt service road, but it's now being chipsealed and the town and province have partnered to extend water and sewer services to that formerly unserviced area, making it ripe for future development.

Officials in Moncton have been equally eager to see the Moncton Detention Centre shut down, as it is in an area of the downtown primed for development - right behind Assomption Place and Hotel Delta Beauséjour amid a large ground-level parking area and next door to the new justice centre and courthouse now under construction.

Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc has described it as "a key piece of the downtown core and a vibrant downtown is one of our priorities, so we would be looking for a way to make that fit in with future downtown development and a way to use that property in a way that promotes vibrancy and prosperity downtown, but we don't have specific plans at this time."

Moncton's detention centre was built in the 1960s as a police station and became a jail when the police moved into a new building, the current home of the Codiac Regional RCMP, on Main Street in 1980.

Typically, when a government building is vacated, DSS inspects it and puts a value on it. If no other provincial government department can use it, it would typically be offered to the municipality. If the city declines the offer, it would then likely be put on the open market.

Shediac's new facility will look more like a modern high school than what most people think of as a jail. It sits on a 62-acre (24-hectare) parcel of land, well back from the road so it is barely visible by passersby. The closest building to it is a campground approximately one kilometre (or about one-sixth of a mile) away.

Inmates there will be serving sentences of less than two years or those who are on remand, awaiting court proceedings.

While the new jail is in Boudreau's riding, the provincial government says Lino Road is superior to a site that was considered in the Moncton Industrial Park because it is conveniently close to the four-lane highway making the drive to the Moncton courthouse only slightly longer than the industrial park site.

Personal note: Granted, the new jail is only about a 20 minute drive from the new courthouse in downtown Moncton but that's in good driving weather. I'm sure there will be days in the wintertime that will make driving treacherous and court dates could be delayed. I still think the facility should have been built closer to the urban core.

Here's a thought........why didn't they build it in the Scoudouc Industrial Park. With the new interchange under construction, that would have been less than 15 minutes from downtown and likely still would have been in Victor Boudreau's constituency!

theshark
Jul 28, 2010, 11:22 PM
Well to avoid that problem they could still use the old facility as a remand center, only keep the people who have close court dates at that center and the ones purging they're time at the one in Shediac, meaning less overcrowdment at both places. Of course the facility in Moncton could be revamped or, to liberate the land, it could have been included in the basement of the new court house.

I mean, there is no sense in spending money to send a guy back to shediac if he has to come back the morning after for trial continuation, just send him downstairs.

ie; If a guy is held over the weekend to see the judge Monday morning, you just bring him there, he stay's in Moncton, see's the judge on Monday morning and is released on conditions...leading to no over population in Shediac on the weekend, and no additional stress on the guards.

David_99
Jul 29, 2010, 12:25 AM
:previous:

Isn't there holding cells in the Court House for such occasions?

NBNYer
Jul 29, 2010, 1:39 AM
approximately one kilometre (or about one-sixth of a mile) away.

:rolleyes: That's news to me.

Here's a thought........why didn't they build it in the Scoudouc Industrial Park. With the new interchange under construction, that would have been less than 15 minutes from downtown and likely still would have been in Victor Boudreau's constituency!

Good suggestion. That location and I'm sure a whole lot of others would have been better. Although the article does tout the added tax base to Shediac, so this may (read: definitely) have contributed to it's current location. :D

theshark
Jul 29, 2010, 2:18 AM
:previous:

Isn't there holding cells in the Court House for such occasions?

Those are temporary holding cells, not designed for 24hrs or overnight stays and probably not staffed 24hrs. It's moslty the same cells you would find in a police station and they are not designed for stays of over 24hrs

In Bathurst under the court house there is a remand center, staffed by provincial prison guards. Inmates are held there for week-end remands or for awaiting trial or sentencing. Once one is convicted and sentenced, he is hauled to one of the other provincial prisons. It serves for all the Bathurst area and Acadian peninsula and is generally always over crowded (six cell/double bunks)

I'm pretty sure the court house in Moncton could have had easily 12 to 16 remand cells. This would have made less stress on the week ends for the guards in Shediac and would have been a logical choice to me.

MonctonRad
Jul 29, 2010, 2:41 AM
Well to avoid that problem they could still use the old facility as a remand center, only keep the people who have close court dates at that center and the ones purging they're time at the one in Shediac, meaning less overcrowdment at both places. Of course the facility in Moncton could be revamped or, to liberate the land, it could have been included in the basement of the new court house.

One thing I can guarantee you is that the old provincial jail downtown will definitely be torn down. That is prime development land and this was one of the principle reasons that the jail was relocated.

The closest building to it is a campground approximately one kilometre (or about one-sixth of a mile) away.
:rolleyes: That's news to me.

The math was purely that of the T&T reporter......not me!! :haha:

I presume he got 0.6 miles mixed up with 1/6th of a mile. :rolleyes:


Finally, on an unrelated note. There was also mention in the T&T today that the "Peace Centre" adjacent to Central United Church will shortly be under construction. It will be a four storey multi-use office building and will be a welcome addition to the downtown. :tup:

josh_cat_eyes
Jul 29, 2010, 3:48 AM
Why didn't they just attach the jail to the courthouse in the same building...that makes the most sense to me.

Also, maybe the Tim's location in the mall is moving to the old Tim's and MAYBE the A&W in the mall would build a new location next to shoppers down the road.

And it was me that suggested one of the Terminal Buildings get turned into a hotel. I am thinking the rectangle shaped one would suit better. I did notice though, that Purolator leases 19,699 sq. ft. @ Highfield for the National Call Center plus 24,905 sq. ft. between both of the Terminal Buildings, so if they turn the "Terminal Centres" into a hotel, leave the "Terminal Plaza Building" as is, and knock the mall down thats like at least 3-4 floors just for Purolator, in a 7 story building in which there are only 10,310 sq. ft. available per foor. Should they make the building bigger?

I found some pics of the Giant Center. I think this is what Moncton should aim for, 10,500 seats:
http://portfolio.populous.com/images/projects/giantcenter/main_1.jpg
http://portfolio.populous.com/images/projects/giantcenter/main_4.jpg
"The Giant Center provides a state-of-the-art home for the Bears and other events. The seating bowl design increases spectator comfort and convenience, and also provides excellent sightlines, an intimate atmosphere and dynamic acoustics for hockey.

The former facility, Hershey Park Arena, was the oldest professional hockey venue in the world, and home to the AHL Hershey Bear Hockey Club since 1938."

MonctonRad
Jul 29, 2010, 2:40 PM
Abridged articles from today's T&T

(Road) Construction season busier than normal

One of the upcoming highlights in the Moncton area is a $432,000 resurfacing of Coverdale Road from Blythwood Avenue to Trites Road, which is expected to begin in August and end in October.

The Mapleton Road construction project continues and is on schedule for an October completion. It may seem as if work has halted there at the moment, but that's only because crews have been working at night, removing wooden forms from the new section of the bridge deck and doing drilling work, while preparing another section of the bridge for waterproofing and paving.

Construction around Berry Mills and Horsman Road continues, with Horsman still remaining closed and the project being about 25 to 30 per cent complete, according to Richard.

He said Horsman is expected to be able to reopen in about a week.

A resurfacing and realigning of the off ramps on St. George Boulevard in front of Bernice MacNaughton School is just getting going and Richard said they are at least hoping to have the street lights installed by the time school starts.

Richard said work along Killam Drive near the Collishaw intersection continues and the major work should be completed in about another week, while construction on Gorge Road is about 60 per cent complete and is in line to be finished by October.

Meanwhile, work on Millenium Boulevard is about 25 per cent completed according to Richard and is still on schedule.

In Dieppe, the major project continues to be construction improvements to Paul Street. A city spokesperson said the project is going smoothly and is still on schedule for the end of the year. Work is going to be done to Melanson Road shortly to help reduce traffic speed on the street, but it shouldn't cause major traffic delays.

Starting the week of Aug. 9, a traffic circle will be constructed on the corner of Gould and Notre Dame and in the next two weeks there will also be work beginning on Gauvin Road between LaFrance Street and Thomas Street, although it's not expected to cause major traffic delays.

Meanwhile in Riverview, there is resurfacing work planned for Whitepine Road, Point Park Drive and Avondale Drive, while many other streets have already been resurfaced.

Famed chocolate can be found in Riverview

Ganong Chocolates opened up shop in the Fundy Chocolate River Station yesterday

The Fundy Chocolate River Station on Coverdale Road, located in the old Riverview fire hall, is home to the new shop where one can find the bones, jelly beans, double-dipped cherries and of course, many types of premium chocolate.

"All of the chocolate that's in here is what we call hand crafted' and it's hand-made by four ladies who work in St. Stephen," Melvin says, "The only places you can get these types of chocolates is here, St. Stephen or through the mail-order."

She believes that just having the name Ganong at the store front will bring in many customers for years to come.

And the great location helps, too.

"We love this location and we work closely with the other two shops," Melvin says, "With the maple products (Briggs), they actually do chocolate-dipped stuff that we sell in St. Stephen, and Olivier Soap has a Ganong Chocolate-scented soap."

Besides herself, Melvin has two full-time employees and two students selling and promoting the goodies. A grand opening for the facility is slated for mid-September in conjunction with Briggs Maples and the Olivier Soapery.

Melvin says it'll be a large opening that's fun for all.

"We're going to do a week-long opening full of activities."

(Crossman) Community centre receives $2M boost from gov't

The three levels of government committed to contributing more than $2 million to the construction of a new gymnasium and the completion of an indoor walking track.

The breakdown of the total number is as follows: $502,000 from the federal government through its Canada Economic Action Plan; $1.5 million from the Province of New Brunswick and $1 million from the City of Moncton.

Originally set for closure in 2002, the Kay Arena saw a swell of public support in the years that followed. The committee that was put in place had its first major success in 2008, when Phase 1 of its project was completed: the replacement of the old arena. The hope had been to complete the whole complex at once, but cost overruns forced the committee to seek a two-phase approach.

But with the funding announced last night, as well as the $500,000 secured by the fundraising committee, Hennessey is looking forward to the completion of a true year-round community centre in the eastern section of Moncton.

The completion of Phase 2 will be especially pleasing to seniors in the area, for whom the walking track was a big wish, while the gymnasium will be the first such facility owned by the City of Moncton.

All three levels of government were represented at last night's funding announcement, held in the packed lobby of the Crossman Community Centre/Kay Arena. Minister of National Revenue and of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Keith Ashfield, New Brunswick's senior MP in Ottawa, was on hand along with Premier Shawn Graham and Moncton Deputy Mayor Paulette Thériault.

Deputy Mayor Thériault praised the Centre's incredible hospitality, as well as the increased accessibility it will now benefit from with the completion of Phase 2. She also directed attention to representatives of the Crossman family in the audience, noting that the community centre is very much a part of the legacy of the late Ward 1 Councillor Norman Crossman.

Applications for tender with regards to Phase 2 will be accepted until the end of the summer

Downtown wetland nearly complete

City of Moncton had to create new wetland space after extending Vaughan Harvey Blvd. to meet Gunningsville Bridge

An ambitious $821,000 project by the City of Moncton to transform a piece of land near the Gunningsville Bridge into a wetland his nearly complete and will provide a luxurious home for ducks, geese and other wildlife.

http://harvest.canadaeast.com/image.php?id=550288&size=600x0
COLE BURSTON/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT
The wetlands next to the Gunningsville Bridge are nearing completion, as little shrubs and trees have been planted to spruce up the area. Elaine Aucoin, environmental program co-ordinator for the City of Moncton, said the wetland project should be finished by the end of August.

Over the last month or so, the piece of land has been transformed from a little vacant piece of property with a natural duck pond into a park with trees, walking paths and natural vegetation.

The project began in June to replace ecologically important wetland lost when the city extended Assomption Boulevard and Vaughan Harvey Boulevard to link up with the new Gunningsville Bridge, which crosses the Petitcodiac River to Riverview. The area around the bridge has undergone major developmental changes in the last few years with construction of Vaughan Harvey Extension. As morning commuters drive to work, they can often see ducks and geese in the ponds and on the ball fields, and wild ring-necked pheasants patrolling the area. On some occasions, traffic has come to a complete stop as families of ducks or geese cross the road.

When the city paved over part of the existing wetland to create Vaughan Harvey Extension, it was bound by provincial law to compensate and create another wetland of the same size.

The large stones that had been on the site since the dismantling of the old Gunningsville Bridge were removed and taken to Centennial Park. The whole area has been dug up and the dirt sculpted to create a series of hills with walking trails and an extension of the saltwater marsh from the Petitcodiac River.

Peace Centre continues to take shape in downtown

"Work is ready to start immediately on the peace tower and we are expected to be able to move in there in late spring of 2011," she said, noting that fencing has been erected in the parking lot behind Central United Church, located at 150 Queen Street. "The foundation and all that, that's going to happen first. Their goal will be to get the structure closed in before winter sets in and then with the goal of having us there in late spring. This is a pretty exciting time for me to see this happen. I just believe that this project is going to be a benefit to our communities for many, many years to come."

The idea of the Peace Centre is to bring agencies that help people together in one central location so they can share resources and ideas while becoming a beacon for wellness in the community. The facilities at Central United Church have been renovated and will act as home base for this centre, while a new office tower is to be erected in the next year.

Non-profit organizations that are involved and plan to be situated in the centre include Family Service Moncton, Early Childhood Stimulation, the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick Region and The Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick.

Vautour-MacKay said they have also had interest expressed from a number of other tenants who want to move into the facilities and MAGMA has already made the new premises at Central United Church their home.

She added that the church phase of the project is now over 75 per cent complete and the rest of the work will be done simultaneously on the excavation and preparations for the building of the new tower.

"The plans are finished, the architect has finished all the designs and now the tenders are going out for the construction part of it," she said, noting there has also been an environmental focus with this project.

"We're really focused on being as energy efficient as we can, as green as we can and there have been ... heating and cooling systems that have already been installed that will actually benefit the tower once it's built. We're looking at all sorts of energy efficient ways to create this complex."

In February, the Peace Centre project was given a major boost when all three levels of government combined announced funding of $4.4 million, which allowed the project to go forward. Vautour-MacKay said support from government, the local community and municipality has been vital to the success of this project, which she anticipates will make a big difference in the community.

"This is going to be not only helpful for the people we serve, but certainly helpful within the network of non-profits that will be within the building," she said. "We're going to be able to share so many resources and (by) doing that, (be) able to serve the community in a far greater way than we have been in the past."

Meanwhile, construction on the project has caused closure of one of the entrances to Capitol Theatre. From now until an indefinite date, all vehicles looking to drive into the Capitol Theatre parking lot must go through the Robinson Street entrance, as the Church Street gate will be used as an exit only.

Vautour-MacKay said there are also still spaces in the Peace Centre for any community groups looking to lease a location. Anyone interested in finding out more information is asked to contact Wayne Mattice at 386-8567.

drewber
Jul 29, 2010, 3:24 PM
Just a note on tims. There is a for lease sign in front now so no tennant moving in yet but it's a great location for anything

Budyser
Jul 29, 2010, 10:01 PM
Just a note on tims. There is a for lease sign in front now so no tennant moving in yet but it's a great location for anything

A Bar&Grill might do well there! Give me a piece of that MAX Loto tomorrow and I'll make it happen.:haha:

Freddypop
Jul 29, 2010, 10:53 PM
If Hersheypark Stadium can host U2 why not the new stadium at U de M?

http://www.hersheyparkstadium.com/stadium_info.php

drewber
Jul 29, 2010, 11:38 PM
A Bar&Grill might do well there! Give me a piece of that MAX Loto tomorrow and I'll make it happen.:haha:

If i were to win that money I would open one of these in Moncton
http://www.marybrowns.com/

Awesome chicken and taters and I think would really do well in new brunswick. Right now outside of newfoundland, ontario and alberta, nova scotia is the only place with locations, and there are only 3.

MonctonRad
Jul 30, 2010, 12:02 AM
If Hersheypark Stadium can host U2 why not the new stadium at U de M?

http://www.hersheyparkstadium.com/stadium_info.php

Absolutely!!

The capacity of the Moncton 2010 Stadium is
- 10,000 seats (permanent)
- 22,000 seats (with temporary bleachers) for football.
- 25,000 people for concerts.

This is not much less than the Hershey Park Stadium. The city of Moncton has already planned for the use of the facility by concert goers. For example, the field can be covered to protect the turf from the staging and from the fans.

U2 is a possibility. One of the reasons why they are unlikely to play Magnetic Hill is that their current stage is a "theatre in the round", which makes no sense in a (natural) amphitheatre. This type of stage however would be perfect for a stadium.

If U2 can play Hershey, they can certainly play at the Moncton Stadium. :tup:

MonctonRad
Jul 30, 2010, 12:11 AM
The full scoop on the construction site at the northeast corner of the Horsman/Berry Mills intersection is that it will indeed be a Tim Hortons and also a Shell gas station, convenience store and car wash. They no doubt intend to capitalize on their close proximity to the expansion of the Moncton Industrial Park.

mylesmalley
Jul 30, 2010, 12:21 AM
if only that had been built a few years ago. I could've saved myself a few dozen trips to the Big Stop for Tims coffee on the way to Fredericton.

Freddypop
Jul 30, 2010, 1:25 AM
Absolutely!!

The capacity of the Moncton 2010 Stadium is
- 10,000 seats (permanent)
- 22,000 seats (with temporary bleachers) for football.
- 25,000 people for concerts.

This is not much less than the Hershey Park Stadium. The city of Moncton has already planned for the use of the facility by concert goers. For example, the field can be covered to protect the turf from the staging and from the fans.

U2 is a possibility. One of the reasons why they are unlikely to play Magnetic Hill is that their current stage is a "theatre in the round", which makes no sense in a (natural) amphitheatre. This type of stage however would be perfect for a stadium.

If U2 can play Hershey, they can certainly play at the Moncton Stadium. :tup:

My thoughts exactly....Bring it on.....:yes:

JasonL-Moncton
Jul 30, 2010, 12:10 PM
If i were to win that money I would open one of these in Moncton
http://www.marybrowns.com/

Awesome chicken and taters and I think would really do well in new brunswick. Right now outside of newfoundland, ontario and alberta, nova scotia is the only place with locations, and there are only 3.

Mary Browns in Moncton would rock! Their taters are awesome!

But it would also be bad because I'd be eating 'way too many' taters :p

JL

MonctonRad
Jul 30, 2010, 1:59 PM
Moncton boasts $69M in construction so far in 2010
Published Friday July 30th, 2010

June numbers show 144 permits issued worth $15.1 millionn
By Yvon Gauvin
Times & Transcript staff

New construction in Moncton is running at a fever pitch with values for permits issued in the first half of 2010 climbing to the second highest ever total on record for the city.

The city released building figures for June that showed 144 permits for $15.1 million worth of construction, driving up the total for the first half of 2010 to 560 permits for $69.3 million of construction, the second highest total in construction value for the first half of a season since the city began keeping records of building permits.

"The story behind our first half is that we've had these strong building permit numbers based on a broad range of construction and not necessarily the large-scale projects as in recent years," said Mayor George LeBlanc. "We're seeing a wide variety of new construction from residential to refurbishing older facilities to the construction of modern commercial buildings," he added.

"I think it's important to recognize that we're seeing several layers of investment in Moncton from new home owners, expanding businesses and long-standing institutions within our city. This diversity tells me Moncton remains a good place to invest."

During the first half of 2010, a total of $35.6 million in residential construction permits were issued. Another $23.8 million was in commercial industrial permits, and $8.6 million from both the government and institutional sectors. In June, residential construction values total $9.2 million, about 60 per cent of the total, with 69 permits approved. Nineteen commercial and industrial construction permits were issued for a total of $5.2 million. Highlights in the June building permit report include a permit for $1.9 million worth of renovations to the Aberdeen Cultural Centre at 140 Botsford St.; a permit to Merchants Bank Development Ltd. valued at $1.9 million for construction of a Tim Hortons/Shell Station at 151 Horsman Rd.; a permit to Castlemount Properties Inc. worth $1.1 million to construct a 16-unit apartment building at 45 Fairview Knoll Dr.; a permit to Ventura Holdings valued at $504,000 for an addition to an existing warehouse at 250 Beaverbrook St., and a permit to Caber Industrial Properties valued at $135,000 to construct an office at 2 Galloway St.

Personal note: The most impressive thing about these building permit figures is that the only major public project ongoing in the city proper is the new courthouse. Even despite this, we are still having the second strongest construction season on record. The figures from last year were inflated by projects such as the new sports stadium and the casino. This to me is an excellent indication of a strong and diversified economy with substantial private sector investment.

I should try and dig up the building permit values for the whole metropolitan area..........I'm sure they would be similarly impressive.