10 years ago… The provincial Department of Labour is investigating another accident resulting in injury at a steel plant in Burnside. A falling piece of steel stuck a man in the head at Leroux Steel on July 11, sending him to hospital with non-life-threatening cuts. This is the latest of a string of industrial accidents in Burnside, including accidents at other steel plants and the death of a worker at Maritime Paper Products.
10 years ago… Burnside residents Honda Canada, Rothmans Benson Hedges and Otis Canada (among many others) have new landlords – or at least they will soon. Halifax-based Summit Reit has signed an agreement to buy two properties in the Park with an estimated price tag of $6.5 million. The two buildings were built in 1986 and ’87. The purchase agreement is part of a larger spending spree by Summit Reit that also includes five light industrial/flex space buildings and a retail space on Montreal’s west island (estimated at $23.5 million). If all the purchases go through, it will swell Summit Reit’s total holdings in both Canada and the U.S. to 100 properties, representing more than 9.7 million square feet.
10 years ago… The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) still has not made a final decision with regard to the construction and demolition (C&D) waste bylaw. Despite hopes the question would be decided by early July, HRM councilors are still debating issues such as the minimum distance separating C&D facilities and residential properties. Whatever the final decision, the bylaw could potentially impact on a number of Burnside firms. Contractors in the Park would have to increase fees for waste handling in their tender bids and demolition companies would face increased costs for source separation.
10 years ago… Neocon International continues to expand its business; so much so it needs someone to help it keep track. Neocon recently began searching for a new staff accountant to join its plastics fabrication business. The company first came to the Burnside News’ attention with the launch of a line of moulded cargo liners for trucks and cars.
10 years ago… It wasn’t all that long ago the Burnside News was reporting on the move of Caster-Rack to new, larger premises on Troop Avenue. Now, the doors are locked and there’s a “For Lease” sign in the window of the larger facility and the company has relocated to smaller premises on Ilsley Avenue. Mike Matthews, in addition to being president of Caster-Rack, was one of the driving forces behind HRM’s move toward the current citywide composting system.
10 years ago… Anyone who has ever traveled through Bayers Lake Park on a Saturday has probably sworn they’ll never do it again. The weekdays aren’t that much better. The retail section of the park, located along Lacewood Drive and onto Chain Lake Drive, is a motorist’s nightmare of congested traffic. In an effort to offer relief, Halifax Regional Council recently voted to upgrade the Lacewood Drive entrance and to install sidewalks and more traffic signals, making the always-busy park a little easier for pedestrians to get around. Currently there are no sidewalks in the park. The upgrades will cost approximately $220,000, excluding taxes. The council expects the province to pay about $85,000 of the total. HRM will share the remainder with park tenants. A new area rate of five cents per $100 of assessment will be levied against park properties. The area rate is expected to generate $50,000 per year.