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Downtown project chair to share experiences

The man who is involved in a citizens' grassroots effort to improve North Bay's waterfront will share his experiences with a Sudbury audience June 27. Sudbury's Downtown Village Development Corporation will present Dr.

The man who is involved in a citizens' grassroots effort to improve North Bay's waterfront will share his experiences with a Sudbury audience June 27.


Sudbury's Downtown Village Development Corporation will present Dr. Rod Johnson, chair of North Bay's Community Waterfront Friends, at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Holiday Inn June 27.

Johnson will describe how his grassroots organization developed a vision for the redevelopment of the North Bay rail yards which flew in the face of conventional wisdom.

Determined that these lands not be developed with Big Box centers and commercial development, the Community Waterfront Friends put forth an alternate vision that would not only see beautiful botanical gardens and carousels, a heritage museum and a miniature railway tourist attraction but, at the same time, save millions of dollars in site remediation and add $450 million dollars in the development and redevelopment of adjoining lands.

CWF came up with a plan that they felt would reflect the desires of the community, as well as meet the needs of the city in that it was environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. CWF obtained 14,000 letters of local citizen support and in August 2001, city council officially adopted the Vision of the Community Waterfront Friends. This action received praise from provincial government officials who called North Bay an example of a community finding innovative solutions to its problems.

This promises to be an inspiring presentation on what a community can do when they come together.  

For reservations, contact Kate Furlotte, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, at 673-7133 ext. 224, fax 673-2944 or e-mail: kate@sudburychamber.ca .

Downtown Village Development Corporation is a private sector not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the market climate of downtown Sudbury through the enhancement of its identity and the strengthening of its economic vitality.