• Manager ‘confident’ in next five years for Welland International Flatwater Centre

    by Kris Dubé, The Welland Tribune

    It’s been a successful transition since the city took over operations of Welland International Flatwater Centre from Welland Recreational Canal Corp. in 2017, says the municipality’s manager of recreation and culture Richard Dalton.

    “I’m very confident with how the next five years at WIFC will operate,” Richard Dalton says, adding the city is “relentlessly trying to make sure it’s a success.”

    Built in 2013 for $10 million ahead of the 2015 Pan Am Games, the facility along the recreational canal has hosted a plethora of regional, provincial and international events in rowing, canoe-kayak, dragon boating, canoe polo, swimming, triathlon and more.

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  • New industry kicks development into high gear in Welland

    by Kelly Roche

    Welland, Ont., has hardly been known as a hotbed for growth, historically speaking. However, that has changed in the past couple of years.

    “It’s quite a different picture from 10 years ago,” the City of Welland’s economic development officer Lina DeChellis told RENX in a recent interview. During the recession in 2008, “our friends were losing their jobs,” she said. “It was hard to see that.”

    But today, cranes are everywhere — development is officially booming.

    The catalyst came in 2016, when construction started on what was then called General Electric’s “brilliant” manufacturing facility: a custom-built, state-of-the-art 480,000-square-foot plant near Hwy. 140 and E. Main Street.

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  • Grand Canal Retirement Residence in Welland ready late 2020 to early 2021

    by Nathaniel Johnson, The Welland Tribune

    A game room, theatre, large dining room, bistro, beauty parlour and spa are some of the amenities that will be in a new five-storey, 130-unit building geared toward seniors under construction in Welland.

    Yehuda Gestetner, president of PlazaComm, says the seniors home — to be called The Grand Canal Retirement Residence — should be ready for residents sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.

    Once complete, it will sit along the east bank of the Welland Recreational Canal and just south of Welland Community Wellness Complex.

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  • Vegan Hippie Chick celebrates successful first year in Welland

    Marked occasion with ‘grand opening’ celebration

    by Mike Zettel, Niagara This Week

    Many businesses have what’s known as a soft opening, quietly running operations for a few days or weeks and then inviting everyone over for a grand-opening celebration.

    Veggie Hippie Chick owner Mandy McCullough took things a little further.

    On Saturday, McCullough held a grand opening for her Welland restaurant at 91 East Main St. — this despite having been in operation for a full year.

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  • Welland issues building permits worth more than $16 million in construction so far in 2019

    by Nathaniel Johnson, The Welland Tribune

    Welland is poised for another year of record growth.

    Grant Munday, manager of development approvals, said the value of building permits issued in the city to date in 2019 already represents more than $16 million in construction. Thirty-six per cent of that residential growth is attributed to single detached homes.

    Munday last week presented a residential growth report to council which showed the value of building permits was more than $128 million last year.

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