The Daily Gleaner, Published Monday February 23rd, 2009
For environmentalists, there’s no compromise. The University of New Brunswick wetland atop Regent Street should remain pristine and wild.
Picture: PLANS: Revised version of the proposed site for Costco wholesale store, planned for the Corbett Centre development at the top of Regent Street.
For the University of New Brunswick, becoming the lessee of 10 hectares (26 acres) of its vast 1,416 hectare (3,540-acre) forestry holdings for retail development, has meant trying to re-engineer nature’s wetland to earn revenue for university coffers.
And, it seems, never the twain shall meet.
Tracy Glynn, a member of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s Fredericton chapter is calling for a moratorium on all development atop Regent Street.
That’s where the university has partnered with engineering and planning firms, Trinity Development Group and RioCan, to market the site to big-box stores, restaurants and smaller retail shops.