The lights are on in Mattawa Bay but not everyone is happy about it. Manitou Tourism approved the construction of a new convenience store on Mattawa Bay, in the conservation park, replacing the old wooden structure that had stood there for half a decade.
"We are not happy about this at all" said Idalo VanImals of the Northgate Conservation Group "we were not consulted about the changes to the area and we feel the new lighting and all the noise caused by construction will have a lasting negative impact on the region".
The Corran Journal approached Bill D'Rite, Manitou Economic Development Manager, about the concerns expressed by the Conservation group. "The construction replaces an existing structure that had been deemed unsafe months ago by our municipal inspectors", he said. "Manitou Tourism expressed to the developers, Mountain Fuels, that the building design would have to reflect the region and not stand out. The fuel aspect of the company, pumps and so forth, was not approved since the peninsula is deemed a conservation area."
The Regional Municipality of Manitou acquired Mattawa Bay earlier this year in with the understanding that it was to remain a natural conservation region. "The building footprint existed before, we simply allowed Mountain Fuels to put up a new building" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal this morning. "We understand it will impact the area but it is what the residents and visitors to our community wanted, more outlets for shopping in the residential and greenspace areas. This will bring more tourism to the region, yes, and we will be working with the Northgate group to protect wildlife as much as reasonably possible".
The Mountain Fuels convenience store on Mattawa Bay will have limited daytime hours only, open 7 days a week from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm to reduce the impact on local wildlife.
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