10 years ago… Monday morning you drove by Burnside 2000 along Burnside Drive and all you saw was one building and the slab for another. Wednesday morning, you drove by and there were two buildings. Tilt-up construction will raise a building, or at least its walls, almost overnight and such was the case with Phase II of the Burnside 2000 development. Phase II is scheduled for occupancy in January 2002, and the building is already 50 per cent leased. B.D. Stevens used tilt-up construction in building Phase I of the project and they were called in again to work on Phase II.
10 years ago… Further evidence of Burnside’s dominance in the trucking industry: the recent announcement by TG Industries Ltd. that’s opening a new Mack Truck dealership in the Park. Mack Sales and Service of Nova Scotia, Scotia Mack for short, will employ 37 people working in its sales department, paint shop, welding and fabrication shop, and repair and service bays. The new dealership is located on Isnor Drive.
10 years ago… Jacques Whitford Environmental, in partnership with Dalhousie University, is on the verge of launching a new polymer coating for domestic oil tanks that greatly reduces the chance of leaks. Although the coating isn’t quite ready for market yet, work is underway to develop a production process. The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates domestic oil tank leaks cost Canadian consumers tens of millions of dollars each year.
10 years ago… The new Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility continues to come under fire even as its new guests are settling in. At least two local judges have hinted at contempt of court charges if delays in transporting prisoners from the new facility to the courthouse aren’t curtailed. Delays have caused cases to be rescheduled and are adding to court backlogs. Inmates also aren’t pleased with the new facility. A number of inmates were recently on a hunger strike because they believe the supper portions served by the facility are too small.
10 years ago… Here’s a brief rundown of recent starts, stops and changes in Burnside Park. Starting: Woodbridge Construction Services Ltd. at Pettipas Drive, commercial contractors and project managers; Eaton Office Furniture Solutions Ltd., at 10 Akerley Boulevard, Unit 33; Chris Brothers Meats and Deli at 68 Thorne Avenue; and Argyle Pine/Office Interiors Factory Store at 656 Windmill Road. Stopping: Soccer Pro, formerly of 120 Joseph Zaztman Drive; and Value Tire, formerly of 50 Akerley Boulevard, Unit 4. Changing: Power Tech Battery, from 127 Joseph Zaztman Drive to 75 Akerley Boulevard, Unit H; Lanier Canada, from 109 Ilsley Avenue, Unit 15 to 656 Windmill Road; Rockwell Automation, from 21 Frazee to 260 Brownlow Avenue, Unit 6; ABI Systems, from 100 Ilsley, Unit D to 1096 Marginal Road, Halifax; and LTS Sales Ltd., from 170 Joseph Zatzman to 71 Simmons Drive.