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UPDATED: Town, county developing new business park


NEW GLASGOW – Future developers now have another place to build their business in Pictou County.

The Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County announced on Friday morning the purchase and planned development of land on Terra Cotta Drive, adjacent to the existing business park, which will make up the East River Business Park.

“The local economy and the loss of jobs in Pictou County has taken the forefront over the last number of months. The councils from the Municipality and Town of New Glasgow are committed to growing the local economy, and we can assist in this by providing infrastructure that attracts investments in wholesaling, light manufacturing, or retail operations,” Warden Ron Baillie said.

Though the Albion Power Centre continues to grow nearby in Stellarton, the two municipal units believe the East River Business Park only complements that, and other, business parks.

“What happens in another park, we all benefit from. What happens in this park, we all benefit from,” Baillie said.

Frank MacFarlane, the newly hired business development officer for New Glasgow and the municipality, echoed that sentiment.

“In my mind, any new development, either in Stellarton or New Glasgow, is good for everyone. I’m not out there to try to compete, and I don’t think the municipal units should either,” he said, adding that he would send any potential businesses wherever he felt they were best suited even if that wasn’t in New Glasgow.  

Part of MacFarlane’s new role will involve promoting the park as well as providing developers and business owners one person to go to for all of their inquiries, applications, infrastructure needs, and permits.

The park, which will feature 17 acres ready for development later this fall, will be serviced with natural gas and added access from East River Road.

The two municipal units are estimating the price tag for the purchase of the land, and development, including a second phase of the project with an additional 14 acres in the already-existing New Glasgow Business Park, to be $2.7 million – a cost split between the municipal units.

“We have to have it in order to grow the community. We need more land for development,” Mayor Barrie MacMillan said.

The land, purchased from S.W. Weeks Construction, will be sold under a new corporation created for the venture between the two units, New Scotland Business Development Inc.

 

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The Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County announced on Friday morning the purchase and planned development of land on Terra Cotta Drive, adjacent to the existing business park, which will make up the East River Business Park.

“The local economy and the loss of jobs in Pictou County has taken the forefront over the last number of months. The councils from the Municipality and Town of New Glasgow are committed to growing the local economy, and we can assist in this by providing infrastructure that attracts investments in wholesaling, light manufacturing, or retail operations,” Warden Ron Baillie said.

Though the Albion Power Centre continues to grow nearby in Stellarton, the two municipal units believe the East River Business Park only complements that, and other, business parks.

“What happens in another park, we all benefit from. What happens in this park, we all benefit from,” Baillie said.

Frank MacFarlane, the newly hired business development officer for New Glasgow and the municipality, echoed that sentiment.

“In my mind, any new development, either in Stellarton or New Glasgow, is good for everyone. I’m not out there to try to compete, and I don’t think the municipal units should either,” he said, adding that he would send any potential businesses wherever he felt they were best suited even if that wasn’t in New Glasgow.  

Part of MacFarlane’s new role will involve promoting the park as well as providing developers and business owners one person to go to for all of their inquiries, applications, infrastructure needs, and permits.

The park, which will feature 17 acres ready for development later this fall, will be serviced with natural gas and added access from East River Road.

The two municipal units are estimating the price tag for the purchase of the land, and development, including a second phase of the project with an additional 14 acres in the already-existing New Glasgow Business Park, to be $2.7 million – a cost split between the municipal units.

“We have to have it in order to grow the community. We need more land for development,” Mayor Barrie MacMillan said.

The land, purchased from S.W. Weeks Construction, will be sold under a new corporation created for the venture between the two units, New Scotland Business Development Inc.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

 

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