Phased Approach Proposed for LaSalle Waterfront Project

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A plan to phase in LaSalle's Small Coast Waterfront Experience will go before council Tuesday night.

The $50-million proposal includes pedestrian trails, an event plaza along with an event centre, a marina and other recreation features along Front Road from Kenwood Boulevard to Ulster Street.

It was initially sent to the province under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program — but the grant was denied.

Now council will need to decide if it wants to move forward with the second phase of the project at a cost of $24-million using the town's reserves and loans.

Mayor Marc Bondy says the town will continue to apply for grants, but can't depend on them to make the project happen.

"Grant applications are based on the census reports and included in that is our average income," he says. "We have one of the highest per capita incomes in the province so we're not successful in getting a lot of these grants. They just tell us raise your taxes and move on."

Bondy says LaSalle needs a waterfront it can be proud of.

"We're a waterfront community with no waterfront access, so with the 65-acres we have we're going to develop it in a way we'll have something for everyone, we hope, when it's done," says Bondy.

He expects to see most of council support funding the project.

"All the discussions we've had in purchasing the first piece of property, which is the old Westport Marina and the D'Asti house, are all positive," he added.

Bondy says the town will need to hold public consultations before final approval, which will be a challenge under current COVID-19 restrictions.

LaSalle Town Council gets underway at 6 p.m.

 

With files from Rob Hindi