Feds Tour Navistar Plant In Chatham

(L to R) Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre, Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, and Amarjeet Sohi, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, toured the former Navistar plant in Chatham on 16 July 2018.Photo courtesy of Jim Blake/Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

(L to R) Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre, Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, and Amarjeet Sohi, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, toured the former Navistar plant in Chatham on 16 July 2018.
Photo courtesy of Jim Blake/Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

(CHATHAM, ON) – Chatham-Kent mayor, Randy Hope, hosted Amarjeet Sohi, the Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre, as they toured the site of the former Navistar truck plant on Richmond Street in Chatham.

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope and Amarjeet Sohi, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, discuss plans for a the development of the former Navistar plant, on 16 July 2018.Photo courtesy of Jim Blake/Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope and Amarjeet Sohi, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, discuss plans for a the development of the former Navistar plant, on 16 July 2018.
Photo courtesy of Jim Blake/Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Hope said the purpose of the visit was to give federal officials a working knowledge of the site, which he is promoting as the location for a new twin-pad arena and multi-use recreation and transportation hub. The proposed project has an estimated cost of between $52 and $56 million.

Hope is seeking federal and provincial contributions.

Sohi, making his first visit to Chatham-Kent, said his government recently signed an agreement that will see the federal government invest nearly $12 Billion in infrastructure across the province over the next decade. He also said it is important that federal authorities “get out of the Ottawa bubble” to make sure regional needs are met.

Fragiskatos said taking a regional approach to infrastructure is important.

“When Chatham-Kent benefits, the entire region benefits,” he said.

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