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Harbourfront Redevelopment Being Scaled Back

By Tim Davidson Feb 1, 2023 | 12:09 PM

Work to fix up the Kenora Harbourfront and the Greenbelt has been greatly scaled back.

Stace Gander is the Director of Economic Growth and Recovery and says it’s no longer a $25 million project.

“There was a pier that was in there…not part of the scope, there was a hotel…not part of the scope, a restaurant…not part of the scope,” Gander told members of Kenora City council this week during budget deliberations.

“There was a water sort of building where the tourism office is.  That’ going to be a 15 to $20 million building in today’s construction, so we’ve eliminated that.”

Gander estimates the work, a lot of which are fixes to the city infrastructure, has been pegged at six million dollars.

“The $6 million is for all of the walkways, all of the road grades, all of the street improvements that would need to be done.  Get rid of the drainage problem that takes place on the back side of businesses that front onto Bernier Drive.  Those sorts of things.”

Last year, the redevelopment work began at McLeod Park.

Construction there is expected to wrap up this year.

(File photo)


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