Tree Frog Forestry News

Industrial site up for discussion in Hammond

By Phil Melnychuk
Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News
December 3, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s central, developable and it’s on the banks of the mighty Fraser River. So it may be only a matter of time before Interfor’s 11-hectare Hammond cedar mill location will draw interest from a developer or purchaser with big plans for a showpiece site in Maple Ridge. The Hammond sawmill, owned by Interfor, is in the process of being closed… and now clean-up operations are underway, although the property is not yet listed for sale. According to an Interfor statement announcing the shut down in September, the plan includes “repatriation of working capital tied up at Hammond” and “monetization of related real estate.” …With the mill closing, the city will lose approximately $600,000 in property taxes annually. …The city still would want the property to be used for employment, but would also consider business-park uses. …A spokesman for Interfor said in early November that there are no new developments regarding the property.

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