Currently a new business park is being developed on 50 acres of
the former Sysco property. Following is an article from the Cape
Breton Post (July 13, 2005 edition) which high-lights the developments.
Also, a map of the park in draft format can be viewed
Province Prepares to shop business park on Sysco site
by Wes Stewart
Care Breton Post (July15, 2005)
The province will have a 50-acre light business park built on the
former Sysco site connected to the downtown and the Sydney Port
Access Road by the end of the year. Sysco community relations manager
Alfie Macleod said Tuesday work is well under way to prepare the
front end of the former steel plant for public use and commercial
development. "I've been involved in this project a little over
three years and it's been a very exciting time,"said MacLeod
as he showed a site
The plan encompasses the administration building, revamped engineering
and former liquid air buildings, a warehouse and eight-bay extension,
into a new park with a new road connecting Inglis Street (aligned
with Ferry Street) to the Sydney Port Access Road. "Our first
project, the building of the (Sydney Port Access) road, has seen
major commercial developments with Home Depot, a new Canadian Tire
and possibly a Wal-mart. "I hope this success will move down
the road and come to our property, we have lots of space and easy
access to downtown Sydney."
MacLeod said he has had a lot of people knocking on his door inquiring
about the availability of land for their business." "We've
made no serious effort to promote the site, but as we move forward
we will get more aggressive." The 50-acres is only a small
portion of the 350-acre steel plant site. The province will move
the chain-link fence that encloses the property north to the water
tank and will continue to restrict access to the area of the former
plant that has yet to be re-mediated. It has already rebuilt the
Inglis Street bridge route to the plant property to Ferry Street.
The road will continue east to the Victoria Road overpass where
it will connect to the Sydney Port Access Road. New power lines
are in place as well as sewer and water connections.
"One of the possible uses for a site is a golf driving range."
MacLeod said the engineering building has been extensively renovated
and all buildings will get a fresh coat of paint. "We also
have several large buildings with overhead cranes and easy access
to the (Sydney Port Access) road ready for lease."
Business such as Mill Creek Environmental, Provincial Energy Ventures,
Myles MacLean automotive, ATSHIP Services, Seacor Environmental,
Sydney Tar Ponds and S&F Metals, collectively employ about 130
The main steel plant property will continue to be re-mediated as
the last remaining scrap steel from the plant is readied for sale
and the former pieces of the modernized plant sold to Zoom Developers
is loaded on ships for India. The demolition of the former plant
has provided 500,000-man hours of work for former steel plant employees.
That work will dwindle as the site is re-mediated.