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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Registration for the Christmas hamper society is in full swing, and donations are being sought. Page B4 • LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT • • 604-463-2281 • 44 PAGES Maple Ridge Mayor sees potential in south Albion A once vibrant industrial area in Albion awaits revitalization. by Maria Rantanen Despite the empty lots, abandoned warehouses and buildings, weather-worn “development” signs, and acres of blackberries, the mayor of Maple Ridge sees a lot of potential in the Albion industrial park. The strip, that runs along River Road from Kanaka Creek Regional Park to 240th Street, and along its connecting side roads down to the Fraser River, includes businesses that still employ several hundred people. But, over the years since Ernie Daykin closed his Windsor Plywood franchise in the area, many other businesses have closed their doors, too. “I look at this and just see so much potential,” Daykin said surveying the Albion industrial lands. The area used to be a “vibrant” industrial area, Daykin said, with boat builders, RV manufacturers, and several shake and shingle companies. And at one time, the Albion government dock was also bustling with fishing activity. But no longer. Consequently, Maple Ridge council commissioned a commercial-industrial report. That review came to council this week, including strategies for the next 30 years on how commercial and industrial land can be developed to meet future demands. The report, done by G.P. Rollo & Associates, recommends redeveloping the Albion industrial park, but points out that “significant development” is not expected for 10 years. Between 170 and 230 acres of new industrial land will be needed in Maple Ridge by 2040, and the report writers suggest these could be found through infill. Those areas include 40 acres under consideration for rezoning in Hammond south of Maple Meadows industrial park, in the Blue Mountain area of north Maple Ridge, in the Albion Flats, on land at 232nd Street an 128th Avenue, and various parcels along the Lougheed Highway – adjacent to Kwantlen First Nation land – east of 240th Street. “Additional lands with full servicing and proximity to transportation routes is required to remain competitive with other municipalities,” the report stated. And before redevelopment can take place in the Albion industrial area, Maria Rantanen/TIMES Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin would like to see development in the Albion industrial area, but he admits there are challenges in the area. “major infrastructure costs” are needed to improve the dike, deal with possible site contamination, and improve access. The report writers suggest that development incentives could be put in place to encourage consolidation and redevelopment. While he’s “not a huge fan of tax exemptions,” Daykin said that “you want to create something that keeps people Rollo report More space needed for business A recent review shows the demand for retail, office, and industrial space over the next three decades. by Maria Rantanen A new report commissioned by Maple Ridge council shows a need for more retail space, offices, and industrial areas in the District over the next 30 years. The most growth potential in the District is in business services, manufacturing, retail, education, health and welfare, and public administration, stated the report presented to council Monday. The report writers recommend the economic development office focus on manufacturing, tourism, business and commercial services, and also on finance, insurance, and real estate. continued on page A7… here.” Daykin pointed out a few examples of value-added businesses, for example, BW Creative, which makes $5 spindles out of 50 cent pieces of wood. There’s also a company, Pacific Bending and Machine, with a niche market of building horse-drawn carriages, replicas from the late 1800s that are shipped around North America. Scattered around the area are lots that used to house businesses, but now sit idle, fenced up with vacant buildings. Still other lots have never been developed. For instance, the Albion industrial area includes a 22-acre parcel that has no development on it, just an unused building. The land has been owned by the Cohen family since the 1970s. Daykin remembers many businesses that are now long gone, like Harco, a company that built log homes and shipped them to Japan. continued on page A7… Don’t miss important information from the City of Pitt Meadows on page A12 WITH EVERY VEHICLE PURCHASED!! “In-stock models only” 50 TO SAVE UP iPAD 3 Online, all the time... % ENDS THIS WEEK SELECT RESITA ® CARPET MAPLE RIDGE CARPET ONE® 604.463.7755 20758 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge FINANCE AVAILABLE

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times November 27 2012

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