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Downtown marina poll

Story by Wayne Moore

The foot of Bernard Avenue around the Sails will be a busy place in the coming days, weeks and months.

As phase two of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization Project ramps up, Westcorp is set to begin construction on a new $5M plus downtown marina.

The Alberta based company will construct and operate the new downtown pier, expected to open in time for the summer tourist season.

Westcorp Director of Development, Gail Temple, says they expect to begin removing pilings from the lake the beginning of February with construction slated to begin the end of February.

Detailed development permit drawings submitted to the city Thursday were made public Friday.

The drawings feature day and night views of the gas bar and shelter structures to be located on the pier.

Temple, says the company is pleased to be moving into the construction phase of the project.

She says the buildings featured on the pier will be more upscale and architecturally detailed than typical marina buildings.

"Given the high visibility of the marina's location and the fact that this amenity will function as a water 'gateway' to the downtown core, Westcorp felt strongly that esthetics and quality were extremely important," says Temple.

"We have created what we hope people will feel are beautiful little buildings. Their architecture will be interesting during the day and, during the evening, the buildings will not fade into the darkness but rather they will become elegant 'lanterns' on the waterfront."

Temple says the project is still scheduled for completion in May of this year.





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