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Three Engineering Studies Set to Begin on Former Tembec Lands

Three contracts have been awarded and work under way for the engineering of the Tembec Lands Development in Cranbrook.

C&C Wood Products was the first business to move into the former Tembec lands following the City’s purchase of the property. 
– City of Cranbrook photo

“It is good to see we are moving forward with the plans for the development of this industrial land,” said Mayor Lee Pratt. “With the interest we are receiving regarding availability of these lands, it is important that we get moving on it. There have already been 40 new jobs created in the two leases that we have entered with the existing buildings that were on site and sitting dormant for many years. I am looking forward to more great opportunities which will present themselves to this project.”

The first contract is the Environmental engineering which was awarded to SNC Lavalin to undertake a Stage 1 Preliminary Site Investigation update, update previous tables and drawings, and then complete a data gap assessment and work plan to move forward to address environmental issues which will need to be completed for the proposed development to occur.

The second contract (civil and transportation engineering) was awarded to Urban Systems Ltd. This contract includes the transportation network study and conceptual design, survey work, civil design and cost estimates, and contract administration and field inspections when construction occurs. The transportation plan will be complete in the fall of 2019 and the final civil design being complete in the fall of 2020. Deep civil utilities (water, sewer and storm) could be installed in the summer of 2020 and road construction and shallow utilities constructed in 2021 at the earliest.

The third contract was awarded to VAST Resource Solutions Inc. for geotechnical engineering to complete a geotechnical and hydrological assessment to evaluate and reduce the area currently under restrictive covenant (no build/no disturb zone) regarding potential geotechnical and drainage hazards to future development and to provide geotechnical/drainage recommendations for subdivision road construction and utility services. The geotechnical study will be complete the summer of 2019.

Staff continues to work on the concept and the strategy for the former Tembec lands specifically around marketing and branding of the property. The City is planning to launch a new economic development microsite in the fall of 2019 within the City current corporate website – www.cranbrook.ca, with the Tembec lands as a central point and driver to garner interest from investors and other business interests.