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Old July 6th, 2007, 12:02 PM   #81
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Tb News Source | Web Posted: 7/5/2007 2:35:04 PM
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A Toronto-based company has announced a significant energy investment in Thunder Bay that could create 50 construction jobs.

SkyPower Corporation has announced it is building a 10 megawatt solar project off Bowlker Road near Broadway Avenue south of the airport. Thunder Bay Hydro will play a key role in the plans Hydro president Rob Mace said Thursday, citing many reasons why the city was a good choice for the park that is one of the first solar energy operations of its kind in Canada.

Thunder Bay Hydro will be SkyPower's distributor of the solar energy and under the Ontario Power Authority's standard offer agreement, Skypower has been given a 20 year power purchase agreement. Mayor Lynn Peterson says she is thrilled that Thunder Bay will be home to the solar farm.

The solar park will generate enough green renewable energy to displace 9,500 metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually within the region. It is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.
The city recently altered it's classification of industrial zones to make development of green energy more attractive. This won't be the last project of it's kind in the Lakehead city. Additionally, Thunder Bay is the sunniest city in Eastern Canada.

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Rock the Fort wins national tourism award
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 7/5/2007 2:04:52 PM
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As the annual Bluesfest gets set to begin in the city more honours have been heaped on another local outdoor festival, one that is in hiatus.

Officials from Fort William Historical Park were in Toronto earlier this week to receive a Ministry of Tourism Award for the 2006 version of its 'Rock the Fort' festival. The Discovery Award for Best Practices is based on the implementation of a creative concept that results in a positive impact for the ministry. The event drew about 45,000 patrons over three days, generating an estimated $3.5 million in economic activity for area businesses. Rock the Fort 2006 also was named the Best National Event of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

Fort officials made the decision to suspend the event in order to concentrate on repairs required to buildings at the historical park following last year's flood damage.
Aside from the Fort damage, (They built the damn thing in a flood plain!) last year's festival had a problem with underage drinking. It was all ages but beer was sold openly and allowable throughout the entire site, they used coloured wrist bands to identify ages, but that resulted in older people buying beer for younger ones. They will likely use a beer garden next year.

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Waterfront plan will attract investors
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 7/5/2007 8:25:18 PM
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Pieces of the puzzle continue to fall into place for the new Waterfront Development Committee and the first concrete signs of activity will take place this summer.

Private investment is a key element of the plan and when its complete, Waterfront development committee chair, Mark Bentz says, it's going to be an extremely successful and profitable place for the private sector to have a stake in.

Since the grand unveiling of the master plan in March council has stood behind the vision and the implementation phase has begun at Marina Park. Just over 50 per cent of the $100 million Waterfront master plan price tag is expected to come from the private sector with the proposed hotel and two condominiums on the southside of Marina Park being privately owned.

Bentz says the private sector has been engaged in the plan since day one, and although no commitment has been made yet, he knows it will be there when the time comes.

Bentz says with landfill left to do and some zoning issues to take care of, he doesn't expect any construction of the buildings to occur for the next year.

Visually residents will be able to see parts of the plan come to life this summer with the skateboard plaza being built along with the overall expansion of the Marina.
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is TB still losing pospulation as it did couple years back when mills shut down?
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No, mills are still shutting down but we're up 1% from 2001, and we're growing. A new school is full beyond capacity before being opened, and River Terrace is almost complete, after 20 years of development.
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We should rename this to "Thunder Bay and North Bay Development Thread"

Surge continues in housing starts
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 7/10/2007 1:35:50 PM
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New home starts in the city continue a strong run as they are up for the third month in a row.

Canada Mortgage and Housing says there were 33 new single detached starts in Thunder Bay last month. That's more than double the 16 home starts recorded in June 2006. It also brings total starts for the year to 77, up from 46 at the same point last year, a 67 per cent increase.

Its an unexpected jump in home starts and analyst Warren Philp said Tuesday that the resale market is often not satisfying demand which may be driving the desire to build new homes. He says home starts all year have been above expected numbers and in his view a slumping resale market is the main factor for increase in starts. He says resale listings have fallen to levels not seen since 1989.

CMHC also says the number of building permits issued also indicate the strong performance is likely to continue. Eighty permits have been issued so far this year which is up from the 44 issued for the first six months of 2006.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:33 AM   #85
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No, mills are still shutting down but we're up 1% from 2001, and we're growing. A new school is full beyond capacity before being opened, and River Terrace is almost complete, after 20 years of development.
What is spurring all this growth? Have new companies settled in TB?
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:36 AM   #86
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Surge continues in housing starts
Tb News Source | Web Posted: 7/10/2007 1:35:50 PM
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New home starts in the city continue a strong run as they are up for the third month in a row.

Canada Mortgage and Housing says there were 33 new single detached starts in Thunder Bay last month. That's more than double the 16 home starts recorded in June 2006. It also brings total starts for the year to 77, up from 46 at the same point last year, a 67 per cent increase.

Its an unexpected jump in home starts and analyst Warren Philp said Tuesday that the resale market is often not satisfying demand which may be driving the desire to build new homes. He says home starts all year have been above expected numbers and in his view a slumping resale market is the main factor for increase in starts. He says resale listings have fallen to levels not seen since 1989.

CMHC also says the number of building permits issued also indicate the strong performance is likely to continue. Eighty permits have been issued so far this year which is up from the 44 issued for the first six months of 2006.

Cool. That is a great number for TB. I have spent several months in Sudbury when it was booming from mineral industry expansion and I would be hard pressed to housing contruction on this scale over there.
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Actually, Sudbury had 70 new single family units started in June according to the following article from Wednesday's North Bay Nugget. North Bay got off to a really slow start this year for some reason, but June was a very good month for new house construction here, so hopefully we'll continue at that pace for the rest of the year.

Home starts up 25% in Northeastern Ontario
Local News - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 @ 08:00

There were 134 single-detached home starts in Northeastern Ontario's four major cities last month, up 25.2 per cent over last June, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

"Sudbury new construction led the way in June with 70 single-detached units started, followed by North Bay with 30, Timmins with 23, and Sault Ste. Marie with 11," Warren Philip, the corporation's Northern Ontario market analyst, said in a media release.

"Relatively good consumer confidence brought on by low interest rates and an upbeat mining sector contributed to the improvement year-over-year."

Philip forecast a upswing for residential construction, despite an escalating Canadian dollar worrying manufacturers and businesses focused on attracting tourists from the United States.

He said key centres in Northern Ontario, with the exception of North Bay, have witnessed single-detached starts grow year-over-year in the first six months of 2007.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 03:38 PM   #88
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What is spurring all this growth? Have new companies settled in TB?
Not really, it's probably due to aboriginals moving into the city centre, forcing white people into the suburbs like the pussies that they are (racists ****s can rot out there for all I care.) And another part is the aging population, there are less people per house, so we need more houses.

The newest companies (Aside from a Western Canada propane company that relocated here for some reason) are in the bio-medical research field, that's just starting up, so we're seeing minor growth right now but next year should be even stronger.

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Cool. That is a great number for TB. I have spent several months in Sudbury when it was booming from mineral industry expansion and I would be hard pressed to housing contruction on this scale over there.
Sudbury is growing pretty fast, actually, they're right up near 160,000 people now (Though Thunder Bay's urban area is still denser, Sudburians are scattered throughout their 3000sqkm domain, with only 95,000 people in the city proper ) but the mineral sector is growing fast.

If Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Russia didn't have forests, we'd be booming too. :P But we're not doing to bad. Inflation has stopped going down, unemployment has stopped going up, things look good but not great. It's manageable right now.
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^ Yes, it's very likely that a significant number of those 70 June housing starts in Sudbury were actually started in the many outlying communities of Greater Sudbury such as the community of Val Therese in the former town of Valley East. Outside of the core of the city with it's ninety-some thousand people, the remaining population within the city limits is very dispersed and removed from the former pre-amalgamated city proper. Even the city proper is rather dispersed with whole sections of the city somewhat separated from each other (due to large rock outcroppings) and connected by long busy roadways lined with strip development.
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Yes, iirc New Sudbury to the north east of the old city was started in the 1940s and 50s, to get away from the INCO pollution. It's probably the largest built up area that doesn't have a proper town centre in Northern Ontario.


Pretty much everything here is part of Sudbury, if you zoom into the city proper, you can clearly see the separation between old and new Sudbury.
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From today's North Bay Nugget:

Construction kicks into high gear; Several new businesses among growth

Gord Young
Local News - Saturday, July 14, 2007 @ 08:00

A summer of construction is underway in the city, with millions of dollars being doled out on commercial, residential and industrial developments.

In addition to a myriad of road reconstruction projects, including those on Jane and Fisher streets, there's a considerable list of businesses locating or expanding in the city.

Work began last month on an 1,800-square-metre Boston Pizza franchise near McKeown Avenue, which is scheduled to open in late October or early November.

Wendy Hendry, marketing director for the restaurant and sports bar chain, said the North Bay location, which will employ as many an 100 part- and full-time workers, is part of a plan to grow the company over the next several years.

Meanwhile, renovations at the North Bay Mall to accommodate new grocery and department stores is nearly complete.

Michael Hart, president of Hart Stores Inc., said recently hired staff are busy stocking the new location with merchandise for its Aug. 1 grand opening.

He said the department store chain, which claims aggressive pricing and deals in everything from clothing and furniture to houseware and linens, will employ as many as 45 people at the Lakeshore Drive location.


"This will be our 77th store . . . our 13th in Ontario," said Hart, noting local residents will start to see and hear advertisements promoting the 2,800-square-metre facility later this month.

Work is also continuing on the 6,600-square-metre Future Shop store slated to open by late September at Northgate Shopping Centre.

The North Bay store will be the 122nd outlet for the Burnaby, B.C.-based company which employs more than 11,000 people throughout Canada.

A major expansion project is underway at the Hopper Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership on McKeown Avenue and work could begin this fall on an expansion at the Toyota dealership on Lakeshore Drive, and at Neddy's North Bay Hyundai on Trout Lake Road.

Construction of a new $6-million Holiday Inn Express near Home Depot is nearing completion and work is expected to soon begin next door on the Staybridge Suites Hotel.

Work continues on the billion-dollar North Bay Regional Health Centre - the city's largest-ever construction project - as well as the water treatment plant, another massive project worth more than $30 million.

On the residential front, construction of the new 46-unit Watersun condominium on Lakeshore Drive was recently completed and work at the Marina Point waterfront project is progressing. In addition to ongoing work throughout the city on various subdivision and housing projects, Granite Village, formerly the Paradise Suites proposal for a townhouse complex and assisted-living facility near Trout Lake Road, is in the pre-sale stage.

Expansion work is also continuing at Ecole secondaire catholique Algonquin, and Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario is building a new $9.5-million facility adjacent to Ecole publique Odyssee on Norman Avenue. A major $8-million academic and research complex at Nipissing University is also expected to be tendered this summer. Construction of a new Algonquin Child and Family Services building on Oak Street is also expected to soon get underway.

When it comes to industry, Atlas Copco is building a new 7,000-square-metre factory on five hectares of land purchased from the city in the industrial park on Ferris Drive. J.N. Precise on Exeter Street is also expanding.
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The roof was redesigned on that condo I posted pictures of earlier. The lot is ready for construction, and the official title is "15 Maki Avenue".

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Oh, and I checked out the Holiday Inn when I was in North Bay a few weeks ago. Nice place.
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Good to see there's something going on in Suds. :P You guys have been so quiet.
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By The Chronicle-Journal | Monday, July 16, 2007
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The province is upping its spending on Northern highways by 30 per cent over last year to a total $468 million for 2007-08.
About $92 million of the Northern Highways Program is going to Northwestern Ontario‘s highways, while more than half, or $248 million is headed to highway expansion projects in Northeastern Ontario.
The funding comes from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Tom Marcolini, manager of programs and transportation for the ministry said that traffic volume and highway capacity concerns on Highways 11, 69, 17 and 11-17 to the east don‘t exist to the same extent in the Northwest.
The Northwest is receiving a 37-per-cent share of the provincial rehabilitation funding – $82 million of $220 million – roughly consistent with its 41-per-cent share of the northern highway system, he said.
That rehabilitation funding has increased by $20 million this year.
For the Highway 17 corridor from Thunder Bay to Kenora, $15.4 million is going to safety improvements, to be carried out over 2007 and 2008.
That money will be used to improve rest stops, safety message signs, digital changing message signs, some new passing lanes, taking back some rock cuts as well as longer-term reconstruction such as paved shoulders with rumble strips to alert drivers they‘re too far off the roadway.
The 13-kilometre, $35-million Shabaqua Highway project will be wrapping up its third and final year of work, said Marcolini. [Get Copyright Permissions]
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I took another of my city bus pics today of the new billboard that's been erected at the site of the Granite Village Development in the Graniteville area of the city on Trout Lake Road. It's currently in the pre-sales stage.
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^ Yes, it's very likely that a significant number of those 70 June housing starts in Sudbury were actually started in the many outlying communities of Greater Sudbury such as the community of Val Therese in the former town of Valley East.
Val Therese is growing quickly, and has been since the beginning of last year. But not only are we having a residential development boom in Val Therese - a bunch of lots are currently in preparation for large shopping outlets throughout the township.

In late spring, a man tore down his unsuccessful market outlet with his pickup - illegaly, ofcoarse. Within a month, a huge Shoppers Drug Mart was built on the lot. Quick response to an available lot, I'd say.

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Especially in Sudbury, which has acres upon acres of empty lots. :P
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Well, I mean a prepared lot. You know, ready for proper, legal construction.
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