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New intermodal rail
container yard will be huge
Source: The Leader-Post
Published: July 17th 2008
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The planned Canadian Pacific intermodal facility (IMF)
could be bringing national distribution centres to
Regina, the size of which the Queen City has never
"This will be an area with extremely large
warehouses. Think of the biggest warehouse you know
and multiply by a factor of two, three or four and
you get a sense of the scale of these," Jeff Lehman,
a principal with MKI, an independent consulting firm
contracted to prepare a concept plan and cost
analysis for the IMF, said Wednesday.
"Some of these are one million square feet so it's a
type of land use that isn't in Regina yet -- a very,
very large warehouse."
Lehman explained that intermodal facilities are
central to distribution networks, particularly for
retailers who will send out goods to their stores
across the country.
The IMF is to be built west of the city and will
replace the current CP yards in downtown Regina.
The estimated $93-million project has already
received $27 million in funding from the federal
government and will also result in the creation of
an interchange at Lewvan Drive and the Trans-Canada
Mayor Pat Fiacco explained the IMF is basically an
inland port, allowing retailers to be able to move
product by air, road and rail. Regina is the ideal
location due to its central position in the country.
"This is about the creation of not hundreds of jobs
but literally thousands of jobs over the next few
years. That's not just including the construction
portion of it, this is ongoing jobs," said Fiacco.
Lehman said each warehouse could be located on
roughly 50 hectares of land by the IMF, but won't
match the size of such facilities seen in Chicago
"It does depend a little bit on whether the
companies that want to use these sites want to store
things outside as well as inside a warehouse. The
facilities in other centres though are on extremely
large lots so compared to your other industrial park
this is quite a bit different," said Lehman.
Before construction of the IMF can move forward, the
City of Regina must first complete the process of
annexing land from the RM of Sherwood.
At Wednesday's executive committee meeting, a
recommendation was approved for the city to
advertise its intention to apply to the provincial
government to alter its municipal boundaries. The
approved recommendation also gave approval for the
city's administration to negotiate a tax loss
compensation agreement with the RM. It will now come
before council at its Monday meeting.
If approved by council, information packages will
also be sent out to all the affected landowners to
provide feedback. While two open houses have already
been held, more will be hosted by the city and the
"We've already had a couple of open houses on this
and feedback has come in. You're going to get a
mixed bag of people that absolutely want no change
at all and others that look at this as an
opportunity," said Fiacco.