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The Kitimat City Council Meeting on February 20th began with Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news as always. She said her news was positive for Kitimat.
“We have two new storefronts in our community, Progressive Ventures and they have established a relationship with the Haisla with the intent of working on major projects. We have steeplejack as a second one. They a scaffolding, insulation and planning company, and they are establishing a storefront in this community. It’s great to see some of our vacant retail spaces filling up,” said Monaghan.
She added bad news to this, the announcement of the closure of Fields, as is everyone else in Canada.
They had a meeting with the housing group. It was discovered, as of February 1st there were 4 two bedroom apartments and 1 three bedroom apartment. This study was done under a study from the ministry of justice. Last year, the vacancy rate was 30%, today it is 1%.
The Council had a meeting with CN Rail which she said was a piece of the puzzle for the West Side Road. Shell Canada is progressing well and plan an announcement for April. Apache has 40 people working down the Channel and this will escalate as the snow disappears.
“Last but not least, we are still working with the wharf concept and industries who want a part of that wharf to ship their product from,” concluded Monaghan.
Good news for Mall land lords.