Thursday, May 07, 2015

Wellcox Property MOU Entered City, Seaspan and Southern Rail

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City, Seaspan and Southern Rail enter into MOU
MOU a key step in redevelopment of 1 Port Drive

The City of Nanaimo, Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) and Southern Railway of Vancouver Island Limited (SVI) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)) to set out a process to move towards a partial discharge of the existing SFC right-of-way on City owned property at 1 Port Drive.

The MOU confirms SFC's plans to relocate to Duke Point in 2017 and their ability to return up to 9.3 acres of land and water to the City of Nanaimo.

The MOU indicates that the City will need to compensate SFC for the value of the portion of the right-of-way that will be returned to the City. A professional appraiser will be hired to arrive at a value to form the basis for negotiations.

Prior to the discharge of the existing SFC right-of-way, a new right-of-way in favour of SVI will be granted by the City to ensure the long term viability of rail on Vancouver Island.

The three parties anticipate a formalized deal by the end of 2015.


"I'm very pleased to announce today that the City of Nanaimo, Seaspan and Southern Rail have come together to work collaboratively to unlock this important waterfront property.  Given the complexity that can sometimes accompany initiatives like this one, I am encouraged at the speed by which important steps forward are now being taken." - Bill McKay Mayor  City of Nanaimo

Map Shows Proposed New Right of Way



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