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Victoria’s Rock Bay closer to final cleanup – Times Colonist

May 20, 2014

The final $33.5-million contract to build a temporary dam and wrap up a decade-long effort to rid Rock Bay’s land and sea bed of toxic materials has been awarded to Quantum Murray LP.

By the time the remediation is complete, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin is hoping that a new area plan will be in place for the property at the northwest of downtown. First, the city wants to talk to the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, which are taking ownership of land facing the bay once it is cleaned up. Members of the area community will also be heard from.

“There are some wonderful opportunities,” he said Tuesday. “We want to see that land get into play as quickly as possible.”

Once the latest stage is wrapped up, 1.71 hectares of federal land will go to the First Nations. The $2.8-million deal will be finalized when the remediation is finished.

Fortin said he understands there’s a desire to provide a place of work for First Nations members. There are many options. Ground-floor uses will have to be commercial or industrial, but could be topped with housing.

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