Shipyard needs to weather strong winds.
Two questions were raised in particular than need further exploration. One was the notion that the shipyard wasn’t under threat so there is no need to rush to decide on land ownership or management issues. The other was around Dockside Green and the city’s haste in approving a residential development so close to a busy industrial site.
Alternate uses proposed at the forum were not particularly helpful in understanding either the potential of the lands, or the needs of the city.
Housing is not a feasible land use where potential clean-up costs could run into the millions. The city, especially if it were to lose the significant tax revenue associated with the shipyard, is in no position to finance those costs, let alone carry the possible tax free status that would be assumed for an affordable housing development on the site. There are better models, and the city has pursued some of those already.
Next blog: Dockside Green.