The land use plan is attached as Figure 7.1. It
capitalizes on the following essential elements of the site.
||A high quality 1400-foot marginal wharf, with
heavy lift cranes, extensive flat backup lands, and direct rail
and truck access (only Sheet Harbour offers flat backup lands,
however it does not have rail access).
|Process Water for Industry
||The site offers significant high quality process water for
industrial manufacturing (this is a limitation in much of the
Strait of Canso area).
||The SYSCO property has good rail access, although the long-
term viability of the railway needs to be secured. Many marine
industrial parks in the province do not have rail, including
Mulgrave, the Melford Reserve, Bear Head, Sheet Harbour and
|Warehouses with Overhead Cranes
||Approximately eight buildings on the site are suitable for
re-use. Many of these facilities have overhead cranes and other
desirable industrial infrastructure. This represents almost
500,000 square feet of incubator space for industrial businesses.
||Several of the sewers on the site can be easily connected
to the new collector sewer and proposed sewage treatment plant
at Battery Point.
||The site has direct access to high voltage power for use in
heavy industrial applications.
|Heavy Industrial Zoning
||The site is currently zoned for heavy industrial use, and
CBRM is in support of retaining this designation in the future.
The site is laid out as four distinct areas or zones: waterfront
industrial (purple); industrial/manufacturing/environmental (orange
and pink); light industrial (yellow); and green space (green).
The lands lying up to 700 metres behind the waterfront are restricted
to uses that require immediate adjacency to wharves and waterfront.
The PEV leased land for the bulk commodities terminal has been configured
to provide direct access to the SYSCO wharf. The terminal is located
in the center of the property, as far away from residential neighbourhoods
as possible (residents in Whitney Pier are ap-proximately 1 kilometer
from the terminal). Long-term storage of coal and other bulk commodities
will take place in the pit where slag has been mined over the years,
reducing its exposure to wind. Blast Furnace Cove is a part of the
leased land that may be filled in the future to increase lay down
area. The leased land also contains a 25-acre “claw-back”
area immediately behind the wharf for a potential off-shore manufacturing
industry. An additional 30-acre parcel has been consolidated adjacent
to Whitney Pier. This parcel has access to both the Emera and SYSCO
wharves as well as a water lot enabling construction of a new wharf.
This parcel can be up to 60 acres (extending back to the electric
arc furnace build-in) if a large industrial user requires a parcel
of this size.
The middle section of the site is zoned for heavier industries
and manufacturing which require access to the site’s core
infrastructure of power, rail, process water and sewer. Industries
in this area have access to the wharves via common road and rail
links, and are laid out to facilitate this flow of goods. High quality
existing buildings with overhead cranes are maintained in this area
will serve as incubator space for initial tenants.
This middle section of the site is also conducive to the establishment
of environ-mental industries. Again, access to road and rail is
important for these industries, as well as the higher level of security
offered by a center of the site location. Located adjacent to the
former SYSCO landfill, these industries are hidden from view, and
far away from residential neighborhoods.
Lighter industrial lands abut the existing commercial uses on Disco
Street and Terminal Road. These uses will tend to have a smaller
footprint, and be locating there to provide support services to
uses in the other two zones. These lands are expected to take longer
to build out, and may also incorporate uses that support downtown
Sydney, such as auto dealers, storage facilities, warehouse show-rooms,
The "front door entrance" to the SYSCO property on Prince
Street is at Inglis Street. Inglis Street becomes the main infrastructure
artery through the property, with street, rail, sidewalk, water,
sewer and power all in this central corridor. The property also
has a direct connection to Highway 125 via a new collector street,
which extends from the Highway end point, past the municipal landfill
and MAID site, through the former Coke Ovens site, across the SYSCO
site to a new bridge across Muggah Creek to Ferry Street in downtown
Sydney. This collector street provides the SYSCO property with quick
truck access to Highway 125, and a direct connection to downtown.
It provides for two connections to Whitney Pier, reconnecting this
community to the rest of Sydney. The main collector street also
provides direct access from the Emera dock to Highway 125. (In the
short term, while the Coke Ovens site is being re mediated, the
collector street may be diverted to the Frederick Street alignment
around the Coke Ovens property.)
Rail on the SYSCO property has been rationalised with a new connection
from the wharf to both the rail to Lingan and the rail to Port Hawkesbury.
Sidings and spurs remain on the property to facilitate re-development.
Buildings and former warehouses shown in black in Figure 7.1 remain
on the property for resale and re-use, and to serve as incubators
for business start-ups.
Significant greening is provided both on the property and adjacent
to it. The former SYSCO landfill is a large green area. Berms are
constructed to the southwest, adjacent to the bulk commodities terminal
to screen views from downtown. The entire bank between Whitney Pier
and the new industrial park is also a large green area, re vegetated
with native plant material. This green area, on Provincial, SYSCO,
and Emera lands separates the entire industrial area (including
the Emera assets) from Whitney Pier, and creates a significant wildlife
buffer. In addition, green areas for lunch eating and green ways
for pedestrian, bicycle and other alternative modes of transportation
are provided throughout the industrial park.
The plan shows a green area on the Coke Ovens property. The SYSCO
site is considered to be of adequate size to achieve the business
synergies of a vibrant industrial park. The Coke Ovens is therefore
able to become its own separate land use; i.e., there is no need
for it to become any land use simply by virtue of its adjacency
to the new industrial site. In many ways a green area of some sort
might be desirable. The SYSCO site, as an industrial park, will
place some stress on the community in terms of traffic, noise, etc.
Ideally, the localized “nuisances” associated with vibrant
business land uses would be offset by a large green area or similar
“desirable” land use on the Coke Ovens site.