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From today's NB Nugget:

College approves 'vision' for growth; Nipissing must also accept plan

Bryn Weese
Local News - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Updated @ 11:02:56 AM

Canadore College's board of governors approved Tuesday night a land use master plan that will guide development at its joint campus with Nipissing University over the next two decades.

The only caveat is the plan also has to be approved by Nipissing's board of governors.

The first such plan, which outlines what type of development can go where and what it must look like, was developed in 1968. It has been updated three times since - in 1992, 1996 and 2001.

Rapid development, particularly at Nipissing, outdated the land use plans faster than previous boards imagined, said Ewen Cornick, a board member at Canadore.

"What's happened, particularly on the university side, was there was such rocket development with respect to the buildings, that the plans that we anticipated lasting for 10 to 15 years were extinct within a five-year time period," he said.
"This is a good comprehensive plan and I think it's given us quite a vision for the two institutions to follow for the next two decades."

Focusing on 10 priorities and including 38 recommendations, the current plan says parking should not dominate the feel of the campus as it currently does from the front, and future development should complement the natural setting of the campus, not work against it. That means future buildings should be limited to two or three storeys and should not extend beyond the tree line.

The master plan also calls for the west side of the pond to be set aside for future residences.

"What the master plan is is a series of guidelines for future development dealing with the physical aspects of the campus," Cornick said.

"What types of activities should be located on which areas of the campus and also the types of environmental and energy guidelines we should be following."

The price tag of the plan is approximately $200,000 to be shared equally by Nipissing and Canadore. It was developed over 15 months with architects and planners, as well as input from other interested stakeholders.

While it does not offer an estimate as to how much money will be spent on development and infrastructure upgrades over the next 20 years, Cornick predicted significant investments will be needed within 15 years.

As examples, he mentioned $1.2 million over the next five years to upgrade the electrical systems of the two campuses (of which $1 million is already committed), a sustainability plan for the joint facility, and approximately $20,000 for a storm water management plan, the latter of which will be required before the city will approve any future building permits for the campus.

Infrastructure costs, as well as the costs to build joint facilities, will be shared by both the college and the university, but the costs for individual campus development, such as Canadore's new media centre and arts centre, will not be shared.
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Old Posted Jan 18, 2007, 11:17 PM
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Local hotel plans moving along
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 1/18/2007 4:27:50 PM

A new hotel project that received approval from city council in late October, is now preparing for construction. Architectural drawings are being finalized for a four-storey Marriot chain hotel that will go up near the Harbourview Expressway and Carrick Street.

The hotel will offer 120 rooms, including 35 suites, conference rooms and a restaurant. Sahar Hospitality says construction will begin this summer. It's expected to create forty to fifty jobs when it opens in the summer of 2008. The Courtyard-Marriot is designed to cater mainly to corporate clients.
Meantime construction is underway on a new Days Inn in the city. The 56 room hotel, being built on Golf Links Road near the Regional Health Sciences Centre, is expected to open this June. Thanks to the mild winter weather so far, construction is said to be on target. The hotel will be geared toward hospital and University cliental and management says they expect to hire 15-to-20 employees.

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Dismantling of Wheat Board may help Thunder Bay port
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 1/18/2007 2:17:17 PM

NDP Leader Jack Layton is chiming in on the debate over the future of the Canadian Wheat Board. Wrangling continues over the wording of an upcoming plebiscite that will be voted on by grain producers. Federal Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl has yet to release the wording of the question. But Layton says there cannot be any ambiguity and the question must be clear.

Meantime, the CEO of the Port of Thunder Bay says there is no consensus locally on what the impact would be if the Wheat Board were dismantled. Tim Heney says about 65% of the grain that flows through Thunder Bay is Wheat Board Grain. But Heney says a demise of the Wheat Board would have a big impact on the Port of Churchill...something we might benefit from. 'The stories are that if something happens to the Wheat Board's monopoly, it will affect grain though Churchill, and certainly we're willing to take that on through Thunder Bay.' says Heney.
Heney says the fact that non-board grain goes through Thunder Bay, demonstrates that it's an effective mode of grain transport...which he says he hopes continues in the future.

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Actual Construction -
Unnamed Retail Space at Thunder Center (Near Isabel Street Entrance)
Days Inn North (Golf Links Road by Hospital)
Unnamed Public School (Sherwood Park)
Holy Cross School Expansion (Jumbo Gardens)
Hilldale Seniors Complex (Hilldale Road)
St. Bernards School Expansion (River Street)
Sacred Heart School Expansion (Franklin Street)
The Beer Store Expansion (Red River Road)
Cascades Mill Modernization (Shipyard Road)
Unknown Retail Space (Arthur Street beside Fat Cats)
Plymouth Landing (Montreal Street)
Commercial Development (Carrick Street behind HSBC)
Roadway Expansion (LU)
Baseball Central Expansion (Baseball Central)
Shabaqua Extension (between Expressway and Twin City Crossroads)
Gore Motors Expansion (Memorial Avenue)
Ecole Catholique Franco-Superieur Expansion (River Street)


Proposed & Approved -
Shopper's Drug Mart Relocation (McIntyre Centre)
A&P Expansion (Arthur Street Marketplace)
Emergency Training Center (Hammond Avenue & Confederation College)
Site Improvements - Security Berm (Marina Park)
Skate Park (Marina Park)
Phase Two Condos (Former Pine Street on School Red River Road)
Medical Clinic (Golf Links Road)
Hospice (Reaume Street - I don't remember the organization's name)
Widening of Red River Road (between Clarkson & Junot)
John Street Resurfacing (Algonquin to Expressway)
Courtyard-Marriot Hotel and Restaurant (Carrick Street)
Husky Truckstop (Alloy Drive)
Unknown Retail Building (Fort William Road & Burbidge Street)
New Railyard Overpass (Brown Street)
Relocation of Broadway Avenue (Neebing Ave south of Bowater)
George Jefferies Children's Treatment Centre (Franklin St.?)
07JA10-Reconstruction of Balrose Bridge at intersection of John Street Road. (John Street Road @ Belrose Road)
07JA10-New gymnasium/library/classrooms at Algonquin Avenue Public School. (Algonquin Avenue)

Other Proposed but not Finalized -
Two Third Party Research Buildings (LU)
New Courthouse (Site Unknown - Possibly Southside Downtown)
Unknown Retail Building (Thunder Centre - Main Street Entrance)
Walmart Expansion (RioCan Centre)
John Street Overpass (Water Street)
The Athletic Club (County Fair Plaza)
Thunder Bay Gymnastics Centre (Duluth Road)
Lake Superior Place (Marina Park)
Grain Terminal Interpretation Centre (Marina Park or Kam Heritage Park)
Can-Op Expansion (Fort William Road)
Farmers Marketplace (11th Avenue)
Tim Hortons (South James Street)
Flying J Truck Stop (Innova Park)
Kam River Pedestrian Bridge (Kam Heritage Park)
Cruise Ship Terminal (Marina Park)
Dollarama (Arthur Street Marketplace)
07JA11-Renovations of Uncle Frank's into restaurant, hotel and water park. (Neebing)

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I just found this rendering on the City of North Bay website of the 100 unit Holiday Inn Express that is currently under construction - it turns out that it is actually 5 storeys instead of 4, i can dig it!

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I went and snapped some shots of the new Holiday Inn project the other day, it's already up to the start of the third floor, so it shouldn't be long before they have all 5 floors built up. The building is located right at the Southern entrance to the city along the highway 11/17 Bypass, so it and it's neighbouring hotel (which is yet to begin construction) will be the first buildings people see when entering the city from the South. I also took a pic looking up the highway into the city directly across from the hotel site.







Here's a recent pic of the Watersun Condo project on Lakeshore Drive, it'll be finished by the summer.

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McKellar sale in the works
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 2/14/2007 5:48:12 PM


A former city hospital could soon take on a new life.

Regional Health Science Centre officials confirm two separate buyers have been found who want to acquire the former McKellar hospital property. They have plans for a major redevelopment that will see the creation of a new retirement facility, and the opening up of new commercial and retail space.

The McKellar hospital has been on the chopping blocks since 2002 and it finally appears to have attracted buyers. The local firm of Habib and Associates will work with S&R Retirement Homes to convert the main south wing of the hospital into a 122-bed retirement residence. And Winnipeg's Laureate Developments will tear down the north side for commercial use.

Regional Hospital vice president Scott Potts says the deal has taken so much time partly because of the facilities currently on the land.

''We've been marketing the property for about four years now, five even. It's been difficult because of the existing facilities and buildings that are on the site.''

The deal can't go through until the conditions of sale are met though, with financing and re-zoning being the main roadblocks at this point. Potts believes that these conditions should be met and the sale will be able to go through as planned.

''The developers have put these offers forward with the intent that they can meet these conditions so we would trust that they should be able to be waived and the deal should be completed.''

Potts says that they're looking for a closing date of mid-May and that once the sale has been finalized, the financial burden of the hospital will be off the Regional Health Sciences Center entirely.



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Council may amend official plan
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 2/19/2007 8:01:44 PM
http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=92665

The agenda is small so it could be a brief meeting for Thunder Bay city council Monday evening. It is headlined by a call from administration for the city to pave the way for new energy generation opportunities in the city's heavy industrial areas.

A report from staff is recommending that the city amend its official plan to allow the generation and distribution of electricity in heavy industrial zones. The amendment is hoping to introduce policies that will support the creation of renewable and alternative energy. It's expected this will help the energy industry redevelop underutilized industrial lands for the purpose of energy generation uses.

The report was authored by Katherine Dugmore, manager of planning for the city.
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Waterfront vision shared at forum
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 2/19/2007 8:00:56 PM
http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=92652

There was an opportunity this weekend for city residents to have their say about the future of the city's waterfront.

The city's waterfront development committee played host to an open forum to gather input on what the community thinks is the best course for reshaping the 52-kilometre long waterfront. The session comes just weeks short of the unveiling of the committee's master plan.

How do you imagine Thunder Bay's Waterfront over the next ten years? While some residents see a commercialized park, with shopping centers, eateries and pubs, others want recreation, walking trails, and artwork, included in the 52-kilometer stretch of land. Erin Pupeza, would like a memorial incorporated in the development. She says after seeing a monument in Vancouver honouring fallen soldiers lost in Afghanistan, she feels it's time our city do the same.

While Pupeza is proposing a statue, another group is hoping for something a little larger. Laura Fralick of the Lake Superior Place organization, says there is definitely potential for a major center on the waterfront, a center that will reflect what the city is all about. She compares the lofty proposal to the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Committee chair, Mark Bentz says engaging the community in the development process of the Waterfront is very important. He says residents seem to be on the same page as the committee, all looking toward a vision that will cater to the locals.

On Wednesday March 7, the community is once again invited to join the waterfront development committee for the unveiling of the Marina Park Village master plan. The event will be held at the Community Auditorium, starting at 7 p.m.
Things are looking up this week, but we lost two historic buildings in fires recently. The Canadian Bank of Commerce (3 storeys, 1911 | Victoria Avenue East) and 49 N Cumberland Street (2 Storeys, 1920s ; Building that used to have Mr. Print and Cupello Law). There are now many people calling for the city to step in and give tax breaks to owners of historic buildings to make it easier for them to fix them up and maintain them.

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Commercial building gutted by fire
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 2/19/2007 8:05:34 PM
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Investigators continue the search for clues into the cause of a fire that destroyed an entire north-side city block on Saturday.

Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue Service responded to a structural fire at 49 Cumberland Street North, a vacant commercial building, at about 8 a.m. Crews from five stations had to be brought in to help fight the blaze that eventually gutted the structure and caused a portion of the roof to collapse. At one point, heat from the fire was so intense it flew the windows out on the front of the building.

An investigator from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office was sifting through the remains Monday. Rolf Waffler says the investigation may take some time because of the weather conditions.

''As you can appreciate with the water and now ice that's formed it's going to take a while to get our areas cleared out so we can make a thorough investigation'' he said.

There have been reports of homeless people using the building which led to concern someone may have been inside at the time of the outbreak. But fire officials say a search of the property came up negative.
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^^ It's good to see that the former hospital may be put to good use, I wonder what will become of NB's present hospital buildings once the new Hospital here opens - although that's still years away as they are only going to begin construction this year.
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Hopefully yours wont be 3 years late and 400% over budget like ours.

And hopefully it wont start falling apart within weeks, like ours.

And hopefully you won't have faulty atriums that result in people falling three stories to the cafeteria below, like ours.

Any pictures of what it will look like?

Our other hospital is being renovated into a DNA research lab.
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Tb News Source | Web Posted: 2/20/2007 5:44:59 PM
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It will be easier for a large energy producer to set up shop in Thunder Bay. City Council approved a recommendation from administration that heavy industrial and harbour industrial areas be zoned for the generation and distribution of electricity Monday night.

There was plenty of discussion between council and administration about what exactly could be constructed.

Councillor Aldo Ruberto raised the spectre of a coal plant being erected but administration dismissed the possibility, citing the government's current stance on coal power saying it would be a very remote possibility. What they do hope is that it will encourage green sources of energy to take root which the government is encouraging.

The re-zoning could also provide dividends for industry in the city. A complete environmental assessment of a new project will be done by the province before it gets the green light.
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There are 190 black females in Thunder Bay, up from 185 10 years ago! Congratulations!

There are 440 black people in total! 15 of them live in the suburbs!

We're white as rice up here. Except for the natives.
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Lots of news today!

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Tb News Source | Web Posted: 3/5/2007 7:50:45 PM
http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=93184

Members of the Waterfront Development committee are gearing up for the grand unveiling of the new waterfront master plan which is to be released later this week.

In advance of that, members of the committee are busy this week providing briefings to a variety of groups and organizations. When its finally unveiled, it will be a $100 million vision that focuses on the development of Marina Park. The plan is expected to include a skate park that has already been approved by council, commercial and residential space and a variety of recreational attractions.

The plan will be released to the public on Wednesday night at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to voice any concerns or comments they have on the draft plan at that time. The Marina Park Village master plan will be presented to council for final approval at the end of the month.


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Expansion planned at LU
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 3/5/2007 7:49:57 PM
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The campus of Lakehead University could soon be expanding. Plans are underway for the construction of a new building if the school has its proposal for a Doctoral program in Biotechnology, approved.

University president Fred Gilbert says he's hopeful that within a year, the new program will be given the go ahead by the province. Gilbert stressed the importance of the University continuing to expand it's course offerings. Everything is in place for the Ph.D program to come to Lakehead University he said, they are just awaiting the government approval.
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Upgrades for Polish Hall
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 3/5/2007 7:45:04 PM
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One of Thunder Bay's oldest cultural buildings is getting an upgrade.

It was announced Sunday that the original Polish Hall of Thunder Bay will receive $100,000 from the provincial government for capital improvements.

The announcement was made official as MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, Bill Mauro presented the cheque to Polish Mutual Benefit Society president Jan Szczepanski. The money will go towards various improvements, including refurbishing some flooring and upgrading washrooms. Szczepanski says the funding is greatly appreciated and work is much needed.

''The hundred thousand dollars is a great, excellent feeling, and with the money we're going to see if we can upgrade our organization to today's standard'' he said.

''We all feel that we're richer as a result of the ethnic background in Thunder Bay has as its mosaic. We were multi-cultural before anybody was using the word in Thunder Bay. So it's tremendous to be able to help them in a small way'' Mauro said.

The Polish Hall was designated a Heritage Building in 2004.
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Tb News Source | Web Posted: 3/5/2007 5:39:47 PM
http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=93170

The Lakehead Social Planning Council is pleased to announce a new program being funded by the province.

The 211 help centre will be a toll-free number for people looking for information on social and governmental services. Council director Marie Klassen says the centre will employ nine people, who will be certified and trained to deal with people's questions.

The funding will help support the reconstruction of the L.S.P.C's Victoriaville Community Resource Centre. Klassen says the upgrade is needed to accommodate the new call centre for Northern Ontario saying the three-digit phone number will simplify access to community information.

The 211 initiative is a national project that is being activated all across Ontario. The Ontario government has invested $100,000 to get the program running in Thunder Bay by January 2008. The centre will have a service area stretching from the Manitoba border to Sudbury.
Victoriaville is doing better. It's still mostly government and Nishnawbe administration stuff, but it seems to be rebounding.
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We need a source.

I tried to get a picture from Chronicle Journal but they didn't upload one to the website. Did you go to the open house last night?
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yea i did. i talked to city council and the mayor. they are all for the idea and already have some interested clients wanting to develop the condos/hotel. i also have some pictures i have to scan onto my computer when i get home.
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Is that really a cruise ship dock in the plan?? Are we talking leisurely lake cruises, or big-ass floating hotels?
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LOL

Leisurely lake cruises. Those big boats can't get past the Soo Locks. They're too fat. Those boats hold, at most, 400 people.
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Haha ok, thats kinda what I was thinking. Good for T-Bay, I have somewhat good memories of that lake front, should look really amazing once approved
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