Work on the ground for the second phase of a new business park in Marwell is anticipated to begin in 2022 after the reconstruction of Tlingit Street is finished this year.
At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the second phase of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s Hammerstone Business Park on Tlingit Street in Marwell.
The subdivision will create 11 lots in addition to five that were created in Phase 1.
A large green space is planned for behind the development.
“I think it’s a win-win all the way around,” Coun. Laura Cabott said before voting in favour of the subdivision.
As she pointed out, the KDFN has been planning the business park for some time and it coincides with high demand in the city right now for commercial/industrial land.
The city’s 2020 commercial and industrial land study estimated approximately 87 hectares would be needed to meet the demand.
With the road work happening through the 2021 construction season, it’s likely work on the development would begin in 2022, Gau said.
Coun. Samson Hartland said he too is pleased to see plans for the business park moving forward, noting the importance of working with other governments to get land to market.
While the first two phases of the project front Tlingit Street and will not require additional utility services, Phase 3 is expected to require roads and utilities to be developed.
That will require an agreement between the city and First Nation on servicing standards and ongoing maintenance when efforts for that phase begin.
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