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Old July 21st, 2007, 06:09 AM   #101
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Yes. Indeed.

Lots of those here, too. The lot across from me just had it's dead tree demolished this morning, and the old Armstrong Movers building on Fort William at Burbidge was demolished. The whole stretch of Fort William between Burbidge and the Central Avenue Viaduct is cleared right out, apparently a new shopping centre anchored by a local furniture store is moving in? They're currently "harvesting topsoil" on one corner of the site where there was brush.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:13 AM   #102
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Another step forward for North Bay's new waterfront park project:

'Team effort' pays off; Province funds bulk of underpass project

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Local News - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 @ 08:00

North Bay's waterfront park is another step closer to bridging the gap between downtown and Memorial Drive.

Nipissing MPP Monique Smith and Minister of Finance Greg Sorbara announced a $3.25-million Northern Ontario Heritage Fund grant Tuesday outside the Discovery North Bay museum.

It's the majority contribution toward two underpasses for pedestrians and the mini-train, and includes a 140-metre brick walkway and pumping station to manage water runoff.

The city applied for the money last year after council approved North Bay's $1.5-million share. An application to FedNor for $1.75 million is still being considered. The $6.5-million project is expected to be tendered later this fall and completed by the end of 2009.

Most of the major driving forces behind the redevelopment of the former CP Rail lands were on hand to receive the news.


Hariett Madigan, of the Community Waterfront Friends, was almost ready to do her "happy dance" and group spokesman Rod Johnston said the underpasses are key to the overall vision.

Johnston made a point of crediting former mayor Jack Burrows for taking a risk in buying the property, while noting Burrows is now a Heritage Fund board member representing this area.

Mayor Vic Fedeli, who met with Sorbara, Smith and other mayors of the region earlier in the day, joked that the finance minister is "always welcome, especially when you're bringing $3.25 million, and we look forward to your next visit."

Fedeli called the successful application a "team effort" while lauding city staff, community partners, the 350 volunteers making the park work and the province for its "continued confidence in the City of North Bay."

He presented Sorbara with the coffee table book showcasing the city's heritage carousels and matching colouring books for his nine grandchildren.

Smith described how Johnston was intent on showing her the vision for the waterfront immediately after she was elected in 2003.

Since then, she said the province has approved $1 million toward a municipal service upgrade on Oak Street, allowing the Marina Point project to move forward, as well as $1.3 million for the Discovery museum and nearly $2 million for other work to prepare the property for future development.

Sorbara said he "can't wait to lead the way" for the first parade of people walking the developed "town square" in front of the Discovery museum, by the farmers' market, through the Heritage Gardens and into the underpass to the waterfront.

During the media scrum that followed, Sorbara said the funding announcement had nothing to do with the Oct. 10 provincial election. He said the city put the application into the Heritage Fund process a year ago and his government has approved other funding in the past four years.

As for the displeasure North Bay and other communities have voiced over the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund formula, Sorbara said he was "not sure any municipality has said we got everything we need from the province."

He also said the formula is being reviewed and the city's issues are part of that agenda.

Sorbara said his "overall impression" after speaking with municipal leaders is that "this part of the province is on the verge of a very strong period of economic growth."
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Old August 10th, 2007, 11:03 PM   #103
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The province is whatting it?? They can do that?
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Old August 12th, 2007, 12:57 AM   #104
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Here's another recent project that was completed last spring in downtown North Bay, it's called the 'Empire Terrace Suites' and it nicely filled in a big hole in the streetscape along Mcintyre St.
That would look waaaaaaaay better if they put some trees along that. Nice building though.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #105
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I saw North Bay's 'Watersun' project in Sudbury's MLS listings for some reason. Looks great.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 02:57 PM   #106
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^ Yeah, it looks pretty good from a distance, but not as good close up. I just took some pics of it the other day, it was just completed recently and people are still in the process of moving in.



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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:37 PM   #107
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Yay suburban architectural mediocrity!
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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:17 AM   #108
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Wow, found this one on Photobucket. The downtown is cut. It's quite old, actually.

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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:50 AM   #109
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Pretty cool. I see that the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines office building was still under construction when that pic was taken.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 11:43 AM   #110
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North Bay update!

There are now three cranes up at the new hospital site!


Here's another look from further away, those are student residences in the foreground.


This is the Boston Pizza construction site which is about 1 km further up the same street.


The new Holiday Inn Express is now open for business.
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Development drives road work; City seeing 'robust' building activity

Dave Dale / The Nugget

The four-laning of Algonquin Avenue began with small steps this week and paperwork progress on several residential developments is giving Mayor Vic Fedeli peace of mind.

Jitters and coolness in the housing market in other parts of Canada and the United States haven't trickled into North Bay, Fedeli said while taking part in a golf tournament.

"Continued optimism with no real end in sight," Fedeli said, describing the economic front from his vantage point.

He just finished shooting 109 at the North Bay Golf & Country Club and didn't mind discussing the brighter aspects of the city's immediate future.

"It shows that developers are still confident when people are opening subdivisions," he said.

Last week, council approved a preservicing agreement with Perut Construction to extend Giroux Street south of Trout Lake Road and begin the fourth phase of St. John's Village and the first stage of Perut Place.

The city's share of infrastructure for the planned 30-home subdivision, apartment and commercial centre will likely show up in the five-year capital plan for the next budget.

Council also approved the realignment concept connecting Galt Street and Second Avenue West, with the dip in Front Street - which used to run under the former CN trestle - to be flattened next year.

It's part of the redevelopment of the abandoned railway line running through the heart of the city. Some of it has been sold to abutting property owners to square off their lots, parts were purchased by developers directly from CN and other sections sold to schools.

Mother St. Bride Elementary School on Second Avenue West picked up enough acreage to build a junior soccer pitch and move its playground for a parking lot large enough for safer bussing.

Fedeli said the realignment concept connecting Galt and Second Avenue West will make a big difference in the area.

"There will be large building lot opportunities between Front and Mother St. Bride," he said, with corner lots created at Ann and Front streets.

The configuration of the former CN land between Front Street and Algonquin Avenue, however, isn't deep enough for single-detached homes and better suited for something like a six-plex, Fedeli said.

Describing this year's building activity as "robust" after two years of record setting building permit sales, Fedeli said a lot of the construction activity is going unnoticed.

Neddy's North Bay Hyundai is relocating across Trout Lake Road, bricks are being stacked for Boston Pizza on McKeown Avenue and the trucks arrived Monday to build the Staybridge Suites beside the new Holiday Inn Express, he said.

And that's on top of the $6-million science wing at Nipissing University, the children's treatment centre at Gormanville Avenue and Highway 17 and planned consolidation of the Algonquin Child and Family Services offices at the former Putter's Green location on Oak Street.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 03:29 PM   #112
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I like Boston Pizza. They have these nice, black crusts that taste like floor! It's great.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 09:25 PM   #113
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Eh, my dinners there have been pretty decent.

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Old August 19th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #114
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Shabaqua Highway opens (Thunder Bay)


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It's a 35 million dollar project that was launched with much fanfare. But today, the biggest road construction project in Northwestern Ontario in the past decade opened, with absolutely no official recognition. And even the lifting of the barricades to mark the opening of the Shabaqua Extension didn't jive with what official sources had announced.

None of that seemed to deter local motorists, who seemed anxious to be one of the first to drive the new roadway. In fact, it's believed the expected large traffic volumes may have prompted officials to move before the scheduled 2pm opening, in order to avoid traffic mayhem. And, predictably, among the first on the road, were a couple of drivers who were the first to be pulled over on the new highway.

The 13 kilometre long first phase of the project runs from the Thunder Bay and Harbour Expressway intersection to Highway 11/17, near Twin City Crossroad. This section was built thanks to contributions of 25-million dollars from the province and another ten-million from the federal government. The overall project calls for a four-lane road that will eventually reach Sistonen's Corners, although there is no firm time-line on when that will happen.

Government officials say scheduling conflicts prevented them from holding any formal ceremony to mark today's opening, although a ribbon cutting may be held in the near future.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 10:04 PM   #115
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I remember when they started this project. I was 4, or 5 years old, I think? It was around the same time that they said they were gonna build interchanges and a highway from Nipigon to Upsala.
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^ that will, as I have read, be in the second phase to improve traffic going to and from Thunder Bay.

I also read the MP of Sault Ste. Marie wants to re-instate passenger rail service from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 04:58 AM   #117
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A highway from Nipigon to Upsala would by-pass Thunder Bay by more than 80 kilometres. It wouldn't go anywhere near the city, it would actually cut off a large portion of our economy. It would, however, cut travel times by more than three hours.

The interchanges won't come. They're too expensive. The government won't fund anything like that unless they have a lot of money to throw around.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 04:15 AM   #118
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Vid, how is Economy of TB doing these days? Are people still leaving in large numbers to work in Alberta? How about yourself? Do you see yourself in TB longterm?
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The economy is starting to pick up a bit, people are still leaving but not as much and some are coming back, and I don't have any plans to leave town just yet. :P
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Old August 21st, 2007, 01:39 PM   #120
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Which segments of the Thunder Bay economy are picking up? Is that Bombardier plant growing, shrinking, or maintaining?


Employment by industry[13]
Industry-----------------Thunder Bay---- Ontario
Agriculture------------------ 3.7%---- 3.2%
Manufacturing------------- 16.2%--- 22.0%
Trade---------------------- 15.0%--- 15.9%
Finance--------------------- 4.4%---- 6.7%
Health and education----- 21.6%--- 15.1%
Business services--------- 16.6%--- 19.1%
Other services------------ 22.4%--- 18.1%
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