The Sheet Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce officially declared the 2.7 kms sidewalk streetscape project open on Sunday, October 24, 2010. The event was promoted by a “Come Walk with Us” notice to all residents to come out and walk the route ending up at the MacPhee House Information Centre where a number of dignitaries addressed the large crowd.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Defense and the MP for the area said: “Our government is proud to invest $500,000 to strengthen community infrastructure in the town of Sheet Harbour and the surrounding communities,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “These improvements strengthen links between the commercial district and this community, encouraging people to enjoy all this special area of Nova Scotia has to offer.”
Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal Minister NEWS RELEASE Bill Estabrooks said: “By cooperating with HRM, we were able to upgrade our underground storm system at the same time as the streetscape project was going on,” “That kind of teamwork is good for the province and the people of Sheet Harbour.”
Mayor Peter Kelly of the Halifax Regional Municipality said the Streetscapes project, and others to come, represent a continuing vote of confidence by government in the future of Sheet Harbour and surrounding area. “These projects not only improve the community’s safety and walk-ability, they enhance its attractiveness for visitors. This, in turn, helps generate new economic activity. ”Mayor Kelly paid particular tribute to the people of Sheet Harbour themselves. “Not content to let government do everything, residents made an impressive financial contribution towards their own betterment and that’s most commendable,” he said.
Tom McInnis, President of the Sheet Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce thanked the citizens for their contribution and patience during the construction. The new project has brought about an even greater pride in our Community along with a safe pedestrian route for everyone. He said the total cost of the project was about $3.8 million.