Membertou arena, shopping complex construction moves ahead

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The Cape Breton First Nation’s community of Membertou is expanding its business opportunities with two major projects, one to open this summer and the other in 2018, CBC has reported.

Construction started in the summer of 2015 on a $19 million sports complex with two NHL sized rinks, a wellness centre and a walking track.

“Right now, the roof is being completed and the fitness centre is under construction and the interior is well under way,” Membertou senior adviser Dan Christmas told CBC. “We’re hoping to open in late June early July, and begin commissioning the ice sometime in the month of July.”

Christmas said preliminary construction will start this summer on a major retail complex, Churchill Crossing, with a mix of big box stores, smaller retailers and other facilities. Road access to the location is already complete.

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