The next step towards the construction of a common-use rail facility and adjacent industrial park within CentrePort Canada has been taken.
On Sept. 23, the provincial government and CentrePort Canada signed an agreement to transfer 747 acres of land, with 667 acres located south of CP Rail’s mainline and west of
CentrePort Canada Way, that’s under construction.
While the land being transferred is located within the RM of Rosser, Rosser reeve Frances Smee said it is owned by the province.
"It’s another piece of the puzzle," said Smee, referring to the ongoing development of CentrePort as an inland port designed to use rail, air and truck transportation to facilitate business development and trade.
The common-use rail facility will serve CN, CP and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe, the Class 1 rail companies operating in Winnipeg.
Asked how water service will be provided to the rail facility and new industrial park businesses, a CentrePort spokesperson referred to the negotiations underway to locate a new water treatment plant on the Assiniboine River in the RM of Headingley. Water would be piped from the plant to the RM of Rosser land lying within CentrePort.
Currently, businesses in this area must provide their own water service and, because of this, fire regulations restrict large-scale development.