10 Years Ago in Burnside

Lynne Wells
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10 years ago... The highly anticipated Burnside Intersection Capacity Study is now...

10 years ago... The highly anticipated Burnside Intersection Capacity Study is now finished. The study examined four key intersections in Burnside and recommends extensive changes to help alleviate the traffic headaches experienced at rush hour. Unfortunately, HRM says there isn't enough money available to complete any of the fixes in the near future. The Burnside Committee is seeking support from park tenants to express concerns. Of the $19 million in tax revenue Burnside generates, less than two per cent is coming back into the Park to upgrade infrastructure. Since municipal amalgamation, the lion's share of money from land sales and the Expansion Reserve have gone into needed improvements in Bayers Lake.

10 years ago... HRM is poised to move ahead with expansion plans for the Bayers Lake Business Park that will open up previously inaccessible lots. The first phase should be complete later this summer when Crane Lake Drive will be extended to open up eight to nine new acres. The estimated cost of development is $1 million, which the city expects to more than recoup with $1.2 million in land sales.

10 years ago... The Burnside Business Watch says the spike in the reported numbers of break-and-enters in the Park noted in the last issue of Burnside News has ended, with incidents dropping back to normal levels. Gary Martin, the constable in charge of the Watch, says patrol members continue to monitor suspicious vehicles and individuals in the Park, but are looking for more tips from residents about anything they believe to be unusual.

10 years ago... Larsen Contracting Services Inc. (LCS), with the recent addition of almost $400,000 in new equipment, is now set to expand its product offerings and move into international export markets. Eirik Larsen, company founder and president, says LCS is one of the few full-service machine shops in the area, but with the new equipment, Larsen is now looking for opportunities further afield. "Your markets are what you make them, and not having this equipment was limiting our creativity in developing new products, new markets and new customer solutions. We're now networking with companies across the U.S. and overseas as we try to move more heavily into manufacturing and exporting."

10 years ago... Burnside Pizzeria should install a revolving door – that's how busy this popular eatery at the top of Burnside Park is. There's a steady stream of customers in and out of the restaurant from the time it opens at 10 a.m. until it closes at 7:30 p.m. Most pizza shops are busy after 6 p.m., but the Burnside Pizzeria is so busy through the day the owners barely have time to take a lunch break themselves. Joanne and Abe Chater opened the pizzeria 11 years ago this month during a recession, but they've never looked back. "I can't believe we've been here that long! The years go by too fast."

10 years ago... This year marks the 10th anniversary of the arrival of so-called 'big box retailing' in metro Halifax with the location of the Price Club in the then fledgling Bayers Lake Business Park. Price Club arrived in 1992 and merged just a year later with Costco. Although there was a lot of controversy at the time, Costco has since become a fixture in the local retail scene and routinely draws customers from across the Maritimes. Since first opening, the Bayers Lake location has added an extensive grocery section, a bakery and butcher shop, an optical department and has expanded by 20,000 square feet. Another renovation this summer will see the addition of fresh fruit and vegetables, a deli and a pharmacy.

Organizations: Larsen Contracting Services, The Burnside Committee, Expansion Reserve The Burnside Business Watch Burnside News Price Club Costco

Geographic location: Burnside, Bayers Lake, Business Park U.S. Burnside Park Halifax

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