DEER LAKE — The development of over 12 new businesses and 48 housing starts last year would be enough for Lynn Compton to look forward to 2014, but it was the announcement of several pieces of Crown land being put aside for municipal use that the Chamber of Commerce president said really made the Town of Deer Lake and its business community’s year.
Deer Lake council received word of two pieces of Crown land being frozen by the province for the town, with a third to follow, to develop a new industrial park. Compton said the action means the chamber of commerce could have some new business under its umbrella within a few years, and that the town can keep right on expanding, as it has been recently.
“Every town would want that,” said Compton when asked about the new pieces of land. “That is a major, major plus for Deer Lake.”
She said that extra land should eventually translate into more businesses to add to the town’s tax base, along with more housing starts. With traffic at the Deer Lake Regional Airport reaching record levels over the last couple of years, Compton said the good news should continue for 2014.
“Real estate had a great year, new housing starts keep happening, more businesses opening,” she said. “I’m optimistic that this will continue into the new year, I don’t see anything that could change that in the next little while.”
She said chamber members will be getting together in the coming weeks to map out strategies for 2014.