Councillor to take a Mystic trip

Coun. Linda Barnes will travel to Mystic, Conn. on a fact-finding mission, city council decided Monday.

Barnes’ “best practice visit” would be “beneficial to the development of the Steveston waterfront,” the meeting was told. The $1,200 trip is being organized in conjunction with the councillor’s travel to Niagara Falls, Ont. to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference and trade show May 30 to June 2.

Mystic, a New England town founded in 1654, rose to prominence as a shipbuilding centre. Today its home to two museums: the Mystic Seaport, which claims to be the world’s largest maritime museum; and the Mystic Aquarium.

Meanwhile, city councillors continue to mull the future of Imperial Landing, where Onni has built six buildings whose ground-level floors are zoned for maritime mixed use.

Onni is seeking to rezone the space to allow a broader range of uses, but council’s planning committee is pressing the developer on a number of fronts. A public library, maritime museum and office uses have all been suggested.

At its last meeting, May 6, council’s planning committee again referred the file back to staff for more work. Several Steveston business owners spoke out against Onni’s rezoning application, saying new retailers would adversely affect existing merchants.

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