LeBreton’s steam could take train away

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by Ben Bulmer on February 3, 2016

One of the proposals for the new LeBreton Flat's mega development wants the Wakefield Steam Train running from the casino in Gatineau to the LeBreton site. File photo

One of the proposals for the new LeBreton Flat’s mega development wants the Wakefield Steam Train running from the casino in Gatineau to the LeBreton site.
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The Wakefield Steam Train features in one of two proposals for the development of the LeBreton Flats site in Ottawa. Devcore, Canderel, and DLS Group’s proposal, LeBreton Re-Imagined, includes the train in its pitch.

The plan would see the train run from the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau across the river and onto the LeBreton Flats site.

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Mont Cascades' plan for expansion would transform the ski hill into a 'mini Mont Tremblant' complete with new housing units, commercials units and a marina. File photo

Mont Cascades’ plan for expansion would transform the ski hill into a ‘mini Mont Tremblant’ complete with new housing units, commercials units and a marina.
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A ‘mini Mont Tremblant’ across the river in the near future? Not if Cantley’s neighbours have anything to say about it – at least not if growing concerns over light pollution, noise pollution, and river pollution are ignored.

Residents on both sides of the podium at the Feb. 1 Chelsea council meeting expressed concern over Cantley’s proposed Mont Cascades development project, which would see an expansion of the ski hill and water park to include a ski village offering housing, a marina, and commercial spaces, prompting Chelsea council to adopt an official stance on the issue.

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