Pinnacle Renewable Resources confirmed on Monday that it would have to scrap plans for a waterfront promenade it proposed as part of the Westview Terminal project.
Images provided during the environmental assessment process showed a paved walkway with trees lining the CN waterfront land leading from the Lightering Dock to the terminal gate, while fencing blocked access to the CN tracks. However, Pinnacle president and chief operating officer Leroy Reitsma said discussion with waterfront stakeholders indicate that is no longer an option.
“Much like the authorizations associated with the redevelopment of the Westview Terminal, subsequent approvals were required to advance the work. Due to public safety, security and liability constraints, Pinnacle will not be able to complete this work and apologizes for creating the expectation of the pathway without clearly stating that further approvals would be required to advance this concept,” he said in a statement, noting the company is now looking at other waterfront opportunities.
“Pinnacle is now working with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to develop a strategy for improving water access elsewhere in the community of Prince Rupert and looks forward to making a lasting contribution to this effort.”
While there is not time frame in place for details of an alternate access project, Prince Rupert Port Authority manager of corporate communications Michael Gurney said the port is encouraged to see Pinnacle remains committed to improving access to the waterfront as discussed in the project’s environmental assessment.
“It may not be the project as originally envisioned, but the port authority will be working with Pinnacle to ensure there is a project to enhance waterfront access in Prince Rupert,” he said.