Talks start up for proposed Station 44

As the recession slowly begins to turn around, the proposal for a major development on the Southeast side of Fort St. John is resurfacing.

Station 44 has faced some delays over the past couple of years. Construction was set to begin this spring, but was delayed primarily due to the economic downturn.

G-8 Properties spokesperson Marv Thielmann talked about the proposed site on Issues and Answers on Wednesday morning.

He says the major delay was finding companies to start up businesses in the city. Thielmann says earlier this year, many large corporations halted store expansions across Canada.

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But, he says businesses are now interested in the area again.

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Station 44 is a 220 acre project that would include residential complexes, retail stores, and hotels. Its proposed location is along the Alaska Highway at the 72nd street bypass.

Thielmann says he’s hoping for construction to begin sometime next year.