Green Industrial Park remains a viable opportunity

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The City of Prince Albert’s 28-acre “Green Industrial Park” is seen yielding a canola crop this week. Vacant of industry, city administration remains keen on getting something going at the property, located to the northwest of the municipal airport, as soon as possible. 

Although a canola field has taken residence at the city’s 28-acre “Green Industrial Park,” agriculture wasn’t its intended purpose.

 

Located just north of the municipal airport, the Green Industrial Park was developed a few years ago to host light industrial businesses that “utilize a high standard of environmental economic performance.”

The city has yet to hook any bites.

Admitting that the city could have better marketed the property, city manager Jim Toye said that he expects to see efforts amplify in the near future.

There’s currently a giant hole in the city’s planning and development department, which is without a director, planning manager and an economic development manager.

Serving as its interim director, Toye said the department is currently limited to day-to-day operations.

However, once the department’s filled out, he expects to see a greater effort to market the Green Industrial Park.

“This is serviced land, so there is value to it,” he said. “It’s just a matter of making a determination of what we’d like to see out there and talking to the right developer.”

This is serviced land, so there is value to it ... It’s just a matter of making a determination of what we’d like to see out there and talking to the right developer. Jim Toye

Although the Green Industrial Park was developed and serviced using federal and provincial funding, Coun. Rick Orr said that the city is not taking it for granted.

Regardless of what level of government funded the development, it’s taxpayers who’ve paid for it, Orr said, clarifying that “it’s an opportunity that isn’t being used.”

In addition to his role as city councillor, Orr is chair of the Regional Economic Development Action Committee.

“It’s been sitting vacant, now, for four years, and at this stage we need someone in there to make it worth the investment that’s been made in it,” Orr said.

“I think we need to do a better job of trying to find a gap and marketing accordingly,” Toye said.

The city’s elected officials will consider marketing expenditures during budget discussions for the city’s 2015 budget later this year. 

Organizations: Green Industrial, Regional Economic Development Action Committee

Geographic location: Green Industrial Park

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