[NORTH SYDNEY, NS] — Development continues in the Northside Business Park with construction underway for two new light industrial operations.
“With our business growing we had to make a move,” said Mike Herridge, owner of Herridge’s Contracting Ltd., presently located off Regent Street. “The new facility will house our offices, warehouse and our fleet of trucks.”
Herridge, who has been in construction for 26 years, branched out on his own four and a half years ago.
“It was a challenge to purchase the land and get into the park, but it is an ideal location. All the services were in place and it’s central with plenty of room to expand,” he said. “We did the foundations for the enviro-depot, Billy Capstick’s Sketchline which are up and running. We did the foundation work for Newman’s Auto Glass and now we are working on our own.”
Herridge, who employs from 10 to 16 workers, does new home and garage packages, house-raising, foundations and all types of cement work.
His goal is to be in his new building by the end of September.
The park was originally established in 1988 to provide serviced land for the manufacturing sector. It was operated by the Northside Industrial Commission until 1995 when it was taken over by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Until recently, development in the park occurred within the first few years of its opening.
Richard Newman of Newman’s Auto Glass on High Street, is looking forward to expanding his business.
“Our building will include our office, a showroom and three bays,” Newman said. “Right now we do one vehicle at a time. In our new location we’ll be able to do three.
“This move means we can serve our customers in a more timely fashion. As the business grows, I’ll be able to employ more people.”
Under the changes to the municipal planning strategy and land-use bylaw, the Northside Business Park is open to a wide range of manufacturing, transportation, utility, service, sales and recreational land uses.
“I’d love to see a lot more businesses located in the park. For my business at least, it means higher visibility.”
Regional councillor Gordon MacLeod said there was a need to open up the park to light industrial and commercial.
“There is a lengthy procedure for anyone purchasing land, but the end result has been pretty good with respect to the business park,” he said. “When the park was first established, what everyone envisioned was a group of manufacturing companies establishing large facilities. That didn’t work out, and with hundreds of acres available, it was critical to make a change.”
He added that the dividends are starting to pay off with increased development, additional interest in the park and the potential for increased employment.