Cooper site proposal not until Jan. 20
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Dec 17, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Cooper site proposal not until Jan. 20

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@stratfordgazette.com

The restorative development company exploring possible uses for the Cooper site has been granted an additional six weeks to prepare its proposal to the city.

Riversedge Developments signed a memorandum of understanding with the municipality back on Sept. 4 to study the property and seek public input with respect to restoring and reusing all or part of the former railway site. The agreement set a submission date of Dec. 10.

The Sault Ste. Marie company formally requested the extension in a letter to CAO Ron Shaw that was received on Dec. 8. The request was granted by city council with no objections

that same night.

“As the agreement allows for mutual adjustment we request this extra time to finalize our comprehensive plan, as discussed in multiple meetings over the past few months with the city and its staff,” a representative for the developer wrote. “We appreciate consideration for this request and look forward to continuation of the exciting opportunities this project has for both the city and Riversedge!”

As it turns out, Riversedge hasn’t been the only potential developer to show an interest in the site. According to Mayor Dan Mathieson, two other parties have inquired about the former industrial site.

“We’ve given them a list of properties (in Stratford) and that one seems to stand out for many,” the mayor told the Gazette, citing the Cooper site’s proximity to the downtown core and the university campus. “I think they see it as a real opportunity.”

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