West Nipissing seeking ideas to redevelop former paper mill site

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Municipality of West Nipissing is working with consultants to create a development strategy for the former Weyerhaeuser mill site in Sturgeon Falls and a virtual workshop will be held July 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Located on Highway 17 alongside the Sturgeon River, the redevelopment of the former mill site is considered by the municipality as a “major economic development priority.”

At its peak in the 1960s, the corrugated paper mill employed 600, but production was steadily reduced over the years until its 2002 shuttering by Weyerhaeuser, which had acquired the mill in 1999. Weyerhaeuser closed the site in December 2002.

Once the study is complete council will consider development opportunities.

The municipality is also preparing a Housing Needs strategy to address issues related to housing supply and affordability.

According to a media release, the goal is to “ensure that West Nipissing continues to be an affordable and welcoming place to live.” A workshop will be held to discuss housing issues on July 26.


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