Port Moody continues to be held hostage…

By
Real Estate Sales Representative with for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.

Get building Evergreen & Murray-Clarke - now

Published: December 16, 2008 6:00 PM

With much interest I read Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini's inaugural address after the council swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 2.

Once again, the mayor should be applauded for reminding his senior government counterparts that the overdue Murray-Clarke Connector and Evergreen Line infrastructure construction projects both remain at the top of the priority list for Port Moody citizens and our neighbours.

We've had an overwhelming hotchpotch of delays imposed on us by Translink, Metro Vancouver's Liveable Region Strategy, provincial and federal government funding uncertainties, changes in the rapid transit technology from light rail to SkyTrain, and debates about a north vs. a south route for the Evergreen Line.

Co-ordinated planning for Moody Centre around sites like Kyle Centre, Jake's Crossing, Andres Winery, the Royal Canadian Legion and others is not possible. OCP planning is basically on hold. How can merchants along St. Johns and Clarke streets reviewing lease negotiations conduct business with the continued uncertainty?

A year ago, I wrote about development on hold in many parts of Port Moody as a result of the outrageous 20-year delay in building the Murray-Clarke Connector and today, the entire city of Port Moody continues to be held hostage.

After meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month while visiting Ottawa, Premier Gordon Campbell said, "There are literally hundreds of thousands of construction workers across the country who we want to keep at work." The Prime Minister said, "We all agreed that we should see infrastructure spending accelerated. This will help support general economic activity."

Mayor Trasolini is right. We need TransLink and the new Evergreen Line offices to get their doors open and start talking to and working with the local community. As the mayor points out, costs of construction and financing have come down with the economy slowing. Labour once scarce is now more available so there are simply no longer any reasons for delay.

Since Premier Campbell wants to keep construction workers busy, and since infrastructure spending will be accelerated, what is holding-up the Murray Clarke Connector and Evergreen Line in Port Moody now?

John Grasty, Port Moody

 

Posted by

Real Estate Evolved button

Real Estate Evolved®


All content, including text, original art, photographs and images, is the exclusive property of John Grasty, and may not be used without expressed written permission. All information is deemed to be accurate at the time it is written but is not warranted and should not be relied upon. Copyright 2010. © John Grasty, ABR, SRES, Licensed Real Estate Representative, 778-878-0778

DISCLAIMER: John Grasty disclaims liability for any damages or losses, direct or indirect that may result from use of or reliance on, information and opinions contained in this website or blog posts, or for accuracy of comments and opinions of visitors. Always seek the qualified advice of a professional.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Real Estate General Information
Location:
British Columbia Greater Vancouver Port Moody
Groups:
Posts to Localism
Building Your Niche
Local Expert
Beautiful British Columbia
The Lower Mainland, BC, A fantastic place to live and work!
Tags:
s
port moody
murray clarke connector
evergreen line
joe trasolini
translink
skytrain
moody centre
kyle centre
andres wine
jakes crossing
ocp

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
179,618

John Grasty

Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.
Feel free to ask me questions...
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information