A total of $25,000 has been put aside in Pasadena’s 2014 budget for economic development activity, which includes a new industrial park. Although a new park is strictly in the research phase, Coun. Derrick Anthony said council will be looking at potential sites in the new year and hopes to have some answers as soon as possible.
The town’s current industrial park, much like that of Deer Lake in recent years, has essentially run out of room. The budget states a new facility is needed to expand both the business community and the tax base of the town.
“This is really the first time we’ve put something into a budget to look at enhancing our industrial park area,” said Coun. Derrick Anthony. “If we’re going to attract any kind of business that needs space, we’re going to have to have suitable land available to them.”
Tracking down that land, he said, is the biggest challenge of the project. Pasadena is working with the province to try to extend its eastern boundary, and if that can happen in 2014, Anthony said, it could provide even more available space.
On Stentaford Avenue, where most of Pasadena’s business park resides, the councillor said there is an area that could be opened up with the extension of a road and straightening away a title allotment issues.
Another area may be on North Harbour Road. where some former agriculture areas could be used. This one, said Anthony, is his least favourite.
“I’m not in favour of using agricultural lands for industrial areas,” he said. “Also, we’d be open to most business additions but I’d rather not see any smokestacks, if at all possible, we’ll leave that to the larger areas.”
Deer Lake’s industrial park ran out of space two years ago and that town was recently told it could develop several parcels of land near the Trans-Canada Highway that counted as Crown Land. Anthony said all avenues will be explored for expansion in the New Year.
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