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Construction record about to topple
Published Wednesday December 29th, 2010
City | A number of big projects to wrap up next year and in 2012
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By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
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When the last day of 2010 rings in, Fredericton will have surpassed its construction record set in 2008.

City development committee chairman Coun. Stephen Chase said the year-end projection for Fredericton is $168 million, about $11 million more than the 2008 record of $157 million.

"This is very good news, but it should be tempered by noting that we don't expect this trend to continue," Chase said.

That's not to say the city won't continue to enjoy steady growth, Chase said, but many of the municipal, institutional and government infrastructure projects that have fuelled construction over the past year are winding down.

The city's Grant*Harvey complex is expected to be finished in March 2012, but the University of New Brunswick's Currie center is almost done.

The New Brunswick Community College on the UNB campus is also under construction.

The city's $78-million downtown convention centre, eastend parking garage and government office building are to open in 2011.

As the federal and provincial governments struggle to wrestle down their deficits, Chase expects that the federal funding tap for public facilities is going to be turned off.

"Some development prospects are on the horizon, such as Costco, but we expect these types of projects to be few compared with recent years.''

Costco has done its site preparation at the Corbett Centre on Regent Street, but the bulk wholesale grocery and household merchandising chain has yet to announce a date to start building its store.

"They're keeping that pretty close," Chase said.

The company has said it plans to be open next summer.

The development committee chairman said he has high hopes for the future of the former railway lands between York and Regent streets in the downtown.

Chase said installation of underground services has been taking place that will make the property ripe for growth.

"There are encouraging signs of development on the railway lands," he said.

"For the future, the prediction is for much more conservative growth in the $100-million range. The bread and butter of residential development will continue to chug along," he said. "Anything that comes along on top of that will be well-received."

Fredericton's 2011 budget is predicting a taming of red-hot construction levels.

The city's 2011 tax base - the value of all taxable property in the city both new buildings and reassessed properties - rose 4.88 per cent.

New buildings made up 2.5 per cent of the growth. The remainder was the increase in properties that had higher assessments.

The province government has said it will cap property assessments at three per cent this year and in 2012.

The city is predicting that tax base growth in 2012 will be at 4.25 per cent with new construction making up 2.25 per cent of that.

In 2013, the city is estimating that there will be two per cent growth in New Brunswick, 1.75 per cent in 2014 and 1.50 per cent in 2015.

Its prediction is that assessment increases will level off at two per cent growth between 2012 and 2015.
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It's finally official.

Fredericton's long-awaited Costco store will be built in 2011 with a tentative opening date of August.

Ron Damiani, spokesman for Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., confirmed the company's construction plans for the capital city in a telephone interview.

It will be the third location in New Brunswick for the members-only wholesale grocery and household goods chain. Moncton had the first Costco store in the province. Saint John's opened last year as the largest in the province and Fredericton's store will rival the Saint John location.

The store will be between 12,600 square metres and 13,500 square metres (140,000-150,000 square feet).

"It's very similar to Saint John's (store)," Damiani said.

"We'll have the full gamut of services there is no doubt. There's going to be a bakery, meats, a photo and optical area and a pharmacy," Damiani said.

The store has approval to construct a gasoline bar as part of the project. A final decision has yet to be made on that part of the project, he said.

Final design of the building is to be determined, although the store will follow Costco's typical model of having an angled main entryway.

Some Frederictonians are big fans of the wholesale grocery outlet, with many travelling to Moncton and Saint John to shop. There's even a Facebook page, supported by fans of the outlets called Are They Ever Gonna Open a Costco in Fredericton?

Damiani said typically eight to 12 weeks ahead of a Costco store opening, there will be a membership drive both to sign up business customers and individual members.

"We start canvassing for memberships. We visit small businesses because they're a really important part of our base. We have a lot of small business members that shop at Costco and leverage our buying power to enhance their profitability," he said.

There will likely be a portable on-site office set up to sell memberships. Shoppers can also buy a membership from the Moncton or Saint John stores just prior to the Fredericton store's opening.

Costco members can shop anywhere in the world with their membership, Damiani said.

Memberships costs $55 per individual, $50 for a business and $100 for an executive membership.

"It's 100 per cent guaranteed. If after 364 days you're not happy, we're going to give you the entire money back. We have an absolutely great return policy and member satisfaction policy," he said.

Costco has 582 warehouses, including 425 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 22 in the United Kingdom, seven in Korea, six in Taiwan, nine in Japan, one in Australia and 32 in Mexico.

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Good to see an official announcement from Costco on the rough opening date. Hopefully they go ahead with the gas bar.
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Good to see an official announcement from Costco on the rough opening date. Hopefully they go ahead with the gas bar.
Yep.....

The official word from Costco was all that was missing to this date. Takes 4 months to construct so figure an April construction startup. Easy to do now that site prep has been completed. Re the gas bar....Its not a question of if but when that component will go-ahead. I suspect that they will move forward and have it open in 2011 as well but if not it will follow at some later date.

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Yep.....

The official word from Costco was all that was missing to this date. Takes 4 months to construct so figure an April construction startup. Easy to do now that site prep has been completed. Re the gas bar....Its not a question of if but when that component will go-ahead. I suspect that they will move forward and have it open in 2011 as well but if not it will follow at some later date.
Yeah I was kinda thinking the same thing, especially since it was in the plans from the beginning.
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Editorial on development from Yesterdays Gleaner:

Fredericton is a growing municipality
Published Thursday December 30th, 2010
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It's been another great year for development in Fredericton.

Recent figures released by the city indicate the municipality in 2010 will surpass a construction record set in 2008. The year-end projection for Fredericton is $168 million, about $11 million more than the 2008 record of $157 million.

The figures illustrate a city on the move, a city spreading its wings and becoming more attractive to investors.

The numbers also show that the long and short-term planning by the city's elected and paid officials is paying off - literally.

To echo the words of city development committee chairman Coun. Stephen Chase, the figures represent "very good news."

But, as Coun. Chase also points out, the success of the past year should be tempered by noting the city doesn't expect this trend to continue.

That's not to say the city won't continue to enjoy steady growth, Chase said, but many of the municipal, institutional and government infrastructure projects that have fuelled construction over the past year are winding down.

The city's Grant*Harvey complex is expected to be completed in March 2012, but the University of New Brunswick's Currie Center is almost finished.

The New Brunswick Community College on the UNB campus is also under construction.

The city's $78-million downtown convention centre, eastend parking garage and government office building are to open in 2011.

As Coun. Chase also pointed out, funding for infrastructure projects is expected to be turned off as provincial and federal governments struggle to wrestle down their deficits.

That will make a difference.

"Some development prospects are on the horizon, such as Costco, but we expect these types of projects to be few compared with recent years," Coun. Chase said.

While Costco has completed its site preparation at the Corbett Centre on Regent Street, the bulk wholesale grocery and household merchandising chain has yet to announce a date to start building its store. But they have told us it's expected to open in August.

"For the future, the prediction is for much more conservative growth in the $100-million range," Coun. Chase said. "The bread and butter of residential development will continue to chug along. Anything that comes along on top of that will be well-received."

The true good news associated with this year's record construction rate is that as the city continues to expand, so does its tax base.

The city's 2011 tax base - the value of all taxable property in the city both new buildings and reassessed properties - rose 4.88 per cent.

New buildings made up 2.5 per cent of the growth. The remainder was the increase in properties that had higher assessments.

That means more revenue coming in for the city and, hopefully, it will translate into an ability to sustain, if not expand some services as we move through this difficult financial period we now find ourselves in.

We congratulate the city on its record setting year and look forward to sharing in the celebration of similar successes in the future.

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

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Will convention centre deadline be met?
Published Monday January 3rd, 2011
Downtown | '101 things' to do as project races to finish before Jan. 13 gala
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By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
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Will it be ready in time?


Above is the ballroom of the convention centre, as officials race to have the centre ready by Jan. 13.

That's the big question for city hall as construction on the $78-million downtown convention centre moves to the finish line.

Painting and flooring have to be completed as the city looks to have the building ready for a $10,000 gala opening Jan. 13.

That's when Mayor Brad Woodside will talk about the state of the city and host a reception and tours of the facility for invited guests.

The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the evening.

The doors of the convention centre will be thrown open to the general public for tours the following Friday and Saturday.

"We're still pushing like crazy here," said Greg Cook, the city's director of special capital projects. "We're still pushing for the date here (Jan. 13), but we're going to soon have to make up our minds.

"It's the same as any job: When you get to the end, there's just 101 things that need to be done and everybody needs to do their little bit. There's nothing major. You've got to put the flooring down to finish off the base. You've got to paint the walls. Everything is sequenced."

Base-coat priming and one coat of paint has been done, but it's preferable to do the final coat at the end of the project.

Cook said the city hasn't lost sub-tradespeople to floor repair work in the private sector, so that's not an issue. It's just all about finishing work, he said.

During December's heavy rains, the parking garage took on water which had to be pumped out, but Cook said that's because pumps weren't installed to cope with water. The garage has been constructed with the ability to cope with annual spring flooding.

There was no damage to the convention centre parking garage due to recent flooding, Cook said.

The convention centre has a 1,125-square-metre (12,500-square-foot) ballroom and 666 square metres (7,400 square feet) of additional meeting space for smaller sessions, executive board meetings and special events.

The building will have a high-definition video conference room and media room, and it offers complimentary wireless Internet.

The convention centre will open into The Playhouse theatre building, where the 700-seat main stage can be used for additional meeting space.

The convention centre is part of a complex that includes a new multimillion-dollar provincial government office building that will open in the late spring or early summer, and a parking garage.
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North side to get new sports field
Published Wednesday January 5th, 2011
Willie O'Ree Place | Mayor to announce more details Jan. 13
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By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
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Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside has been trying to keep the lid on a major new sports initiative for the capital city.

The Daily Gleaner has learned that Woodside will announce a new northside soccer field Jan. 13 when he delivers his assessment of the state of the city at the gala opening of the convention centre.

The event, which is hosted by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, will mark the opening of the $78-million downtown eastend complex.

Woodside will be announcing the name of a benefactor who will co-fund the sports field to be located alongside Willie O'Ree Place on Fredericton's north side.

"Having sports fields at both Grant*Harvey and Willie O'Ree Place has been a goal of the city's recreational master plan. There's no secret in that," the mayor said.

"It's something we've been looking at for quite some time.

"We've been working on putting this package together for a year and without a major partner, it couldn't be done.''

Beyond that, Woodside won't confirm the name of the city's partner on the project, nor would he give additional details.

"You'll have to wait until Jan. 13th," he said.

However, The Daily Gleaner has located the budget line item for Fredericton's contribution of $840,000 to the project.

Fredericton city councillors voted behind closed doors to tuck away the city's portion of the sports field funding under the nondescript header of a capital investment reserve.

The money is part of the city's $97.9-million, 2011 city general fund and capital budget.

Although city council decided to debate the majority of its budget in the public eye unless the discussion was going to involve cuts to personnel, there was no public talk about the proposed sports field at an open budget meeting.

Only three of the city's 11 budget meetings were closed to the public and media on that basis.

Woodside said he expects large projects in the future will involve partnerships.

In the meantime, Woodside said he's been advised that the convention centre will be ready for the special evening Jan. 13.

A reassessment of the status of last-minute construction on the building this week indicates the city can open the convention centre on time.

"I've been told it's going to be ready for the state of the city address and the ribbon cutting on the 13th," Woodside said.

Any project goes through last-minute fixes, he said.

"There may be some stuff in the building that may not be finished, but as far as our needs are concerned for Jan. 13, I've been told it will be ready."

The provincial government office building under construction as part of the development isn't slated to be finished for about three months.
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Convention centre event set for Jan. 12
Published Thursday January 6th, 2011
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By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. to officially open the Fredericton Convention Centre at 670 Queen St.

Federal, provincial and municipal officials will attend, as well as invited guests.

The public is welcome to attend.

Activities will continue Jan. 13 with the Mayor's Gala and 2010 State of the City Address, sponsored by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. Activities begin at 6 p.m., with a reception, followed by dinner and the mayor's address.

A ticket is needed to attend and can be purchased by calling the chamber office at 458-8006.

It will be the first official event in the facility.

Public open houses and self-guided tours will be held later this winter to celebrate the opening of the multi-use meeting facility designed to host major conventions and events, said city hall spokesman Wayne Knorr.

He said further details will be announced later.

The convention centre has a 1,125-square-metre (12,500-square-foot) ballroom and 666 square metres (7,400 square feet) of additional meeting space.
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City's jobless rate falls to 5.5 per cent

Published Saturday January 8th, 2011

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Fredericton's unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 5.5 per cent in December, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada released Friday.

That's down from 5.7 per cent in November but up from 4.7 per cent in December 2009.

Fredericton's unemployment rate trended upward through the first half of 2009 until it peaked in August at 5.9 per cent.

Then it fell to 5.7 per cent in September and stayed there for October and November.

Coun. Stephen Chase, chairman of Fredericton's development committee, said Friday the December result is welcome news.

"Clearly, the employment situation is improving and perhaps that is reflective of the solid growth pattern the city and region has demonstrated," he said.

"I think we still have some work to do in concert with the province in making sure that we are able to attract good talent to the city and be able to retain the talent pool that we do have."

He said he has some concerns about 2011 as the province talks about deficit reduction, which might translate into cuts to the capital's civil service.

"Salary represents the biggest chunk of their expenditures," Chase said about the province.

"That has to be a concern to the city of Fredericton."

He said civil servants are still an important part of the city's economy.

"When you put employees on edge, they stop spending," said Chase.

Fredericton continues to have the lowest unemployment rate amongst the province's three main centres.

Moncton's unemployment rate in December was 7.3 per cent, up from seven per cent in November.

Moncton's unemployment rate in December 2009 was 5.5 per cent.

Saint John's unemployment rate in December was 6.3 per cent, down from seven per cent in November.

The port city's unemployment rate in December 2009 was 6.7 per cent.

Susan Holt, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, said the drop in the Fredericton unemployment rate is great news as long as it doesn't go too low.

"If it means more Frederictonians are working, that is absolutely what we want," she said Friday.

"The flip side is that it means the available labour pool is getting tighter and that is challenging for our growing businesses."

Holt said she doesn't expect the unemployment rate to go much lower in 2011.

"This slight decrease in unemployment is probably not going to be continued," she said.

"If anything, I expect to see a leveling off or stabilization through the first half of 2011 and then maybe some change as we get into the mid year."

New Brunswick's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 9.4 per cent in December, down from 10.3 per cent in November and 9.8 per cent in October.

The province's unemployment rate in December 2009 was 8.9 per cent.

"We continue to be concerned about these numbers," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe in a media release Friday.

"The provincial government will continue to work towards creating an environment that will help to create jobs and to ensure our workforce is well educated and meets the demands of the labour market," said Coulombe.
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sorry, just realized I posted the same article.

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The final details
Published Wednesday January 12th, 2011
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A construction worker, top left, installs one of the last panels on the front of the Fredericton Convention Centre on Tuesday as employees of Capital Window Cleaners clean the glass. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today at 2 p.m. to officially open the facility, located at 670 Queen St. Federal, provincial and municipal officials will attend, as well as invited guests. The public is also welcome.
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Roll out the red carpet
Published Thursday January 13th, 2011
Convention centre | Mayor says he's proud to see building almost finished
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The curtains have parted on the Fredericton Convention Centre, giving a large contingent of community leaders, federal and provincial government representatives and the public their first opportunity to check out the nearly finished $28-million facility.

The crowd gathered to tour the spacious ballroom, test the facility's escalators and to hear remarks from dignitaries such as Premier David Alward, Canada's Minister of National Revenue and Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield, Mayor Brad Woodside and Hollis Cole, the president and CEO of ADI Group Inc. - the company behind the facility's construction.

The convention centre, which will host conferences, meetings and concerts, is outfitted with state-of-the-art teleconferencing equipment and multimedia facilities.

It has obtained a silver LEED Canada certification - a designation that's given to facilities that incorporate environmentally friendly technologies into the building.

Woodside said he was proud to be able to attend the official opening of the 66,000-square-foot (6,131-square-metre) facility, which will be able to accommodate 1,000 seated patrons and 1,500 visitors for stand-up style concert events.

"This, without a doubt, in my tenure as mayor and on Fredericton city council is one of the most exciting things that has ever happened," he said.

The mayor said he's not worried about the naysayers who have raised questions about the need for the facility, the timing of its construction or its location.

"There will be some that will say, 'You're building this, it's crazy, you're spending...,'" he said, allowing his words to trail off.

"That's to be expected, but you know it's the right thing to do."

He said he expects the facility to become a major piece of the downtown landscape, contributing valuable revenue for hotels, restaurants, bars and other local businesses.

"I think the majority of people in this city appreciate that we've taken this initiative and they'll understand and appreciate the benefits."

Work is still underway on a number of meeting rooms and in the section of the building that will provide space for the premier's office and house much of the staff working in the Centennial Building.

Construction crews still have to close off several open areas in the building's exterior. But Woodside said those issues won't have any bearing on tonight's state of the city address.

"The building will be completely finished in about a month. We've got 14 rooms down here, they're working on that," he said. "They've done an incredible job getting this ready for (the) chamber of commerce event. This part of (the facility) is ready.

"The reception and the ballroom area is ready. That's the most important part. It'll be open as soon as they can possibly get it open.

"The parking garage is going to be available (tonight) for the state of the city address free of charge ... And then we're going to close it again, get all the proper signage, and put the electronics in and things like that. Probably another three weeks (for the garage to be ready)."

More than 50 events have been booked for the convention centre so far.

General manager Cathy Pugh said about 65-75 per cent of the events already scheduled involve organizations that will come here from other jurisdictions.

She said she expects booking activity to rise now that the facility is closer to completion and as events begin to happen at the site.

"People can be apprehensive about making or confirming a booking in a convention centre that is not complete. And you can't blame them," she said. "With the booking pace that we have right now, we have no complaints."

Pugh said there will also be local and provincial meetings at the centre in the coming months.

"There will be a provincial meeting, a corporate meeting, maybe a smaller gathering - less than 50 people, sometimes as few as 10 people - as well as an international booking that's coming in June.

"We're anticipating 350 delegates to that one. In the fall, we have a provincial meeting for 500 delegates and then we also do intimate dinners and banquets," she said.

"We have the mayor's gala (happening this evening) as well as the premier's state of the province at the end of the month, which is about 800 people. And we're also working with the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival to see what they might like to do and how we can accommodate them in September.''

She said the convention centre will make the capital region a viable option for a number of major events.

"There have been Canadian associations that have had to bypass Fredericton before because we didn't have the facility to accommodate them. We may have lost business to Saint John, Halifax, St. John's," she said.

"We've actually been promoting this convention centre for over two years and we've been able to advise them this is coming."

The construction of the Fredericton Convention Centre was made possible by $19.9 million in funding from the City of Fredericton and through a joint funding partnership by the governments of Canada and New Brunswick, who contributed a total of $8 million towards the cost.
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noticed the other day they have begun erecting the steel for the fifth knowledge park building.

Also, saw some more about the renos to the Aitken Centre in the Gleaner the other day. They will be installing two 9 x 13 foot video screens at the west end of the building (on either side of the Colter Room), corporate boxes will also be constructed and the press boxes will be expanded.
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Loved how the radio station this morning kept going on about the convention centre's escalator.

So with Target finally officially buying up Zellers, will we keep 2 Zellers in this city? They're going to be selling off about 70 of the stores (out of 220 they're buying up). Considering we're keeping 2 WalMart's easily afloat in the city, I doubt we'd lose either of them.

Hopefully they will do a full Target Conversion to those stores though; the Target stores in the states are so nice compared to the grunginess of the Zellers stores.
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Loved how the radio station this morning kept going on about the convention centre's escalator.

So with Target finally officially buying up Zellers, will we keep 2 Zellers in this city? They're going to be selling off about 70 of the stores (out of 220 they're buying up). Considering we're keeping 2 WalMart's easily afloat in the city, I doubt we'd lose either of them.

Hopefully they will do a full Target Conversion to those stores though; the Target stores in the states are so nice compared to the grunginess of the Zellers stores.
I figure they will do a full conversion. Its all about branding and the Zellers brand has run its course. As for keeping both...not sure. They may decide to relocate to Two Nations crossing just to be in close proximity to their major competitor.
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Hmm yeah I could see one popping up in Two Nations. That would kill the zombie that is Brookside Mall though. On the other hand, Target does seem to like Stand alone boxes. Uptown should be standalone enough to survive, but Brookside would be a tough call. Maybe with an expansion that could be swung.
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I could definately see them moving the Prospect St. Store in the future, maybe near the Corbett Centre on Knowledge Park drive or Bishop drive. The location at the Fredericton mall is not great, there just inst enough parking there, but that store has been recently renovated and expanded (in the last 10 years or so atleast). Hard to say with Brookside, I could see them closing that store or moving to a new location. If they both change to Targetts brand then I could see them competing better with Walmart.
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According to various news reports Rio Can is the lead management group in partnership with Target. One could then assume that Rio Can would want to have a Target store on their property at the Brookside Mall and a stand-alone at their other major property in town...The Corbett Centre. I could see a Marshall's going into the current Zellers property at the Uptown Centre
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Published Friday January 14th, 2011
Partnerships | $1.5M for Fredericton sports facilities
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By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
mclaughlin.heather@dailygleaner.com

Scotiabank has made a $1.5-million donation to the City of Fredericton's sports facilities.


The Fredericton Convention Centre was all lit up Thursday evening for the state of the city address, which was its first official function.

Mayor Brad Woodside and bank representatives jointly announced the funding Thursday night at the state of the city address.

It's the largest contribution Scotiabank has made in Atlantic Canada, Woodside said.

"That is partnership, my friends. That is partnership," Woodside said.

Peter Bessey, senior vice-president, Atlantic Region Scotiabank, joined Woodside on stage to announce the bank's contribution to Scotiabank Park North and Scotiabank Park South.

The bank's contribution will support a new artificial turf sports field next to Willie O'Ree Place. Both the northside arena and the soon-to-be-built Grant*Harvey facility have auxiliary sport and recreation facilities adjoining them.

The mayor said he'll be meeting today with Tennis Canada representatives to talk about the proposed six-court indoor tennis facility to be integrated with the Grant*Harvey centre, sharing its geothermal heating system.

"Both the north and southside clusters will have the critical mass of things that people can do to feel better and come to wellness, which is so important to the well-being and quality of life," he said.

"Scotiabank for many years has been very actively involved in recreational pursuits," Bessey said. "One of our key mottoes is being caring community bankers ... There's no question that recreation is top of mind from a health perspective and from an enjoyment perspective. It's great for children and it's great for families and that's where we want to be.

"I know that the people of Fredericton will be able to enjoy these facilities for many years to come," Bessey said. "It's a natural fit for us to support these important sports and recreational hubs - which include tremendous public access - that's very important for us."

The city's most pressing need is for a new soccer field. Fredericton set aside $840,000 toward that project in its 2011 budget.

Woodside said when he was asked last year at a Christmas function by a senior Scotiabank representative about the city's needs and how the bank could help, he was quick to head to Toronto with a wish list for a second soccer field for the city.

It's a sport that encourages children at little cost to enjoy the sport and get exercise, Woodside said.

A new artificial turf field has already been completed close to the Grant*Harvey site.

"The City of Fredericton is truly blessed to have great partners," Woodside said.

"When we do something, everybody is at the table, everybody appreciates how important it is. Everybody gets it. That's something that's special about this community that we never, ever want to lose."

Woodside said partnerships with government and the private sector will be the way to move forward in the city.

Woodside also announced a couple of other firsts at the event.

Fredericton has hit a record-breaking year with $168 million in construction and redevelopment.

This is the fifth straight year the city has experienced more than $100 million in construction and renovation of building stock.

The city has also achieved a so-called Milestone 5 for its work to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions. That makes the capital city only the fourth municipality in Canada and the first east of British Columbia to achieve the highest certification possible for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas levels.

The city's efforts are measured under the partners for climate protection program administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Woodside said the city will also be engaging the community in the coming months with a new sustainability by design initiative.

Woodside said with the Hilton Hotel moving closer toward construction, it's time for the city to look to its downtown west end and find ways to tie it into the mix with redevelopment.

The first banquet at the Fredericton Convention Centre, hosted by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, attracted 518 business and community leaders eager for their first glimpse of how their tax dollars were spent.

While there's still finishing work to be done, the entrance and staircase to the second floor convention centre ballroom were completed, giving the capital city its first twinned escalators since the former Levine's department store closed and Zellers relocated from the downtown to a one-level store on Prospect Street.

"As mayor, for a long, long time, I get calls from all over the country, all over the world from people interested in coming to this beautiful city to do business. So they have some basic questions.

"I've never been able to say this. It's not about the fresh air, the beautiful river, it's not about the walking trails. They always ask about the escalators.

"You have no idea how tough it has been to promote this city and call ourselves a smart city when I have to go out and tell people we don't have an escalator," Woodside said.

The mayor thanked federal-provincial partners, convention centre project manager Greg Cook, ADI Ltd., which was the general contractor and project designer, for their contributions to the convention centre project.

Scotiabank has 42 branches in New Brunswick. Four of them are in Fredericton. It's been in business for 128 years in the province.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2011, 7:05 PM
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So with Target finally officially buying up Zellers, will we keep 2 Zellers in this city? They're going to be selling off about 70 of the stores (out of 220 they're buying up). Considering we're keeping 2 WalMart's easily afloat in the city, I doubt we'd lose either of them.

Hopefully they will do a full Target Conversion to those stores though; the Target stores in the states are so nice compared to the grunginess of the Zellers stores.
FWIW, Target isn't buying Zellers. They are just buying their leases to secure sites for their own stores.

I can't really see a Target going into the Brookside Mall. Like others have mentioned, Two Nations makes more sense.

Only Target I've been in is the one in South Portland, Maine. Seems like a nicer Walmart.
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