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City of Kenora constructing new road on former Abitibi Mill site

The $1.6-million investment will make way for residential, industrial development
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City of Kenora

KENORA — Set to begin construction later this year, the new road between 9th Street North and Main Street North is considered to be of strategic importance to Kenora's residential development.

“It is difficult for businesses to attract and retain staff under the current housing constraints and this project, along with some of the other housing projects, will provide much-needed relief to the housing shortages we are experiencing and enable stabilization and growth in Kenora moving forward,” states Mayor Andrew Poirier.

The road running through the former mill site will enable the city to section off two developmental projects. On lots five and six, the city will build five new apartment complexes, which will include 172 apartment units.

Furthermore, the existing sewer and water infrastructure will be used for light industrial lots three and four adjacent to the road.

According to Stace Gander, director of economic development and tourism, the current landowner, Manitoba developer Marcel Chartier, will take on the road and civil construction, while a local engineering firm, LBE Group Inc., will head up the engineering in conjunction with the City of Kenora's engineering department. The road and related civil infrastructure will be done by KENON Builders Inc.

“This is a significant project for our community and one that will have long-reaching effects for development in the city. Partnerships and investment in this project have been extensive and the public will see a great deal of change in the former mill site area over the next two to three years,” said Gander in a release.

Construction of the road is expected to be completed in late fall.

— NWOnewswatch