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June 2021

Start of development work on the American Adventure theme park site

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It’s a piece of land that will mean so much to so many people across the East Midlands who will have memories of the Runaway Train, the Missile, and the Rocky Mountain Rapids.

But the site of the old American Adventure Theme Park is being transformed into housing, shops, workplaces.

Led by Waystone Developments, roller coasters, fairground rides and even Silver City are to be replaced with residential properties, retirement homes, business units, and even a hotel and restaurant.

The only thing that will remain of the old park is the main lake around which it was built.

In their application document before obtaining the building permit, Waystone Developments described the project as follows: “The range of uses proposed in this application will provide a viable mixed-use development that will provide quality housing and a supply of employment opportunities as well as environmental and community benefits including health care and retirement provisions.

It puts an end to 45 years of use as purely recreational equipment at the site near Heanor.

In 1976, Shipley Country Park opened and covered the area around the old Shipley Hall, which had long been demolished.

In addition to the land around the Woodside and Coppice Collieries open pit mine site, plans have been set aside for a theme park type development adjacent to the national park.

Despite objections from local residents, Britannia Park opened in June 1985, but it didn’t last long, closing just two and a half months later.

Eventually, the land would be redeveloped again to make it what made it famous. It was in June 1987 that the American Adventure Theme Park opened for the first time.

The park has been constantly redeveloped and improved, adding rides along the way and attracting 622,000 people in 1991.

The likes of Grand Niagara Falls Rapids, The Missile, and the Space Port would be added over time with the live action shows in the Far West area of ​​Silver City.

Indeed, at one point, the log channel would show the steepest drop, at 83 feet, in the UK.

But the good times wouldn’t last forever and despite the addition of a double roller coaster loop in 1995, the park would start to decline in 1996.

By 1999, attendance had fallen to less than 500,000 per year and it didn’t take long for the park’s future to be called into question.

This question was asked in 2005, when three major rides closed, including Nightmare Niagara, The Missile, and Rocky Mountain Rapids.



Shots of current events development and location of old rides in theme park.

This forced a shift in focus for owners, from thrill seekers to family audiences, but at this point the writing was on the wall.

On January 4, 2007, the owners announced that the American Adventure theme park would not reopen for the upcoming season.

After this period, the site was left empty, the rides were dismantled and either scrapped or moved to other parks, leaving it a wasteland with a huge lake in the middle.

The land, which had been taken over by Derbyshire County Council was called “Shipley Lakeside” and was put up for sale shortly after the park closed in 2007.

In 2012, it was announced that a major development would take over the site housing housing, offices and leisure facilities.

However, the site turned out to be so popular with those who remembered the American Adventure theme park that a petition was started in 2017 to reopen it, but that did not happen and we now see that all the region is emerging as a massive new community.

Currently, Waystone says roads and earthworks are underway and the first homes are expected to be built in October or November 2021.

B&S Site Development Announces New Corporate Security Officer

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B&S Site Development from Bristow has welcomed Matthew York as the Corporate Security Officer. Mr. York will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the security department as well as the development, implementation and operationalization of security, health, environment and training programs.

He joined B&S Site Development from WM Schlosser where he held the positions of security engineer and security manager on several projects. WM Schlosser, in Hyattsville, Maryland, is a recognized leader in quality construction.

Mr. York brings over 15 years of field and safety management experience to OSHA, MSHA, EPA, DOT and BATF, with a primary focus on regulatory compliance. , accident investigation and the development of safety and training plans in various industries, including construction, mining and the military. .

He has worked with industry leaders like Direct Line Communications as a security manager working directly with Facebook during the construction of their new data center infrastructure and during existing infrastructure upgrades at Ashburn. . Mr. York also worked with Southwest Energy LLC, a leading drilling and blasting company in Tucson, Ariz., As regional manager of safety, health and environment and was instrumental in in the company’s transition to a behavior-based safety program.

“We are proud of our security record and understand the importance of security to our customers, employees, partners and the public,” said Chris Kete, CEO of B&S Site Development. “Matt is an exceptional addition to the Brown & Settle team and will guide our security program as our business grows as a trusted site development partner for the data center and other critical industries.

Founded in 2003 by Mike Brown and Tommy Settle, B&S Site Development LLC (B&S) is a full-service site development contractor based in Northern Virginia. Headquartered just outside of Washington, DC and directly in the Data Center Capital of the World, B&S specializes in large scale mission critical site development projects. Fueled by the recent injection of additional capital and enthusiastic business leadership from outside the industry, the story of B&S growth continues with an approach that is not limited by conventional outsourcing thinking.

Covington to Restart IRS Site Development to ‘Get It Right’, Plans New Fire Hall, and More

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By Ryan Clark
NKyTribune journalist

COVINGTON – Chris Stapleton is from Kentucky and one of the most successful contemporary stars in country music. His latest single, the poignant “Starting Over”, set radio stations on fire, and it contains these verses:

“It may not be an easy time,
There are rivers to cross and hills to climb… ”

And

“Someday we’ll look back and smile.
And know that every mile was worth it.

That could perfectly describe what the Covington Commission thinks about the IRS Project, which they decided to rethink on Tuesday night at their regular caucus meeting.

Commissioners put three items on next week’s consent agenda that will wipe the slate clean and give them a new opportunity with the project:

• Rejected is a request for qualification for the removal of hazardous materials.

• Canceled is the request for qualification for demolition.

• Canceled is the request for qualifications for design and engineering services.

Acting City Manager Ken Smith apologized to those who had been considered for the jobs, and said officials needed to move forward in a way that “really reflects what the city needs and wants ”.

“I keep hearing that this is a once in a lifetime project,” Smith said. “Let’s do it right.”

The city bought the site in March for $ 20.5 million, and since then Covington has struggled to manage the project. They first entered into several demolition and design contracts when then-city manager David Johnston recommended certain options; the Commission decided not to follow these recommendations.

Then Johnston and the town went their separate ways for good two weeks ago. Perhaps it was no surprise, then, that the city decided to officially start over.

“No project is more important,” said Mayor Joseph U. Meyer at the time. “We only have a bite of an apple to get it right.”

New fire station

Due to the impending expiration of a grant, commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve the purchase of a property at 401 Crescent Avenue as the future home for a new fire station .

The purchase, which cost $ 500,000, had to be executed quickly because the city is eligible for a local government grant of $ 264,000 – a grant that expires on June 28. After approving the purchase, the city will pay $ 5,000 and sign a “condition sheet”. Which will allow authorities to do their due diligence on the property.

“In order to conserve funds, we have to act quickly,” Smith explained.

Thus, the city, which met in caucus Tuesday evening, interrupted this meeting and entered into legislative session to vote on this question, which was approved unanimously.

Commissioner Ron Washington said he recently visited the Company 2 site – and it wasn’t a good scene.

“It’s sub-standard,” he said.

Smith agreed. “It’s far from ideal.

“I’m glad we’re moving forward,” Washington said. “I am happy that we are purchasing this site. “

Scott Street Contract

Smith said the city has requested a “due diligence” extension in contact with the Scott Street property that the city is exploring as the future home of City Hall.

However, the city has yet to hear back from the owners on whether they will grant the extension. Smith said the city must continue to investigate the property and that if they don’t get a response from the owners, they will have to cancel the contract.

In May, commissioners agreed to purchase the properties at 620 and 622 Scott Streets, currently owned by the Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation, Inc., for $ 550,000 in hopes of building a new town hall. on the site.

The Scott Street sites were originally going to house the Gateway Urban Education Campus, but the new owners and managers decided not to embrace the idea.
“It will be good to have a permanent home,” said Mayor Meyer at the time.

Policy for the management and use of technological resources

The commissioners decided to reject a proposed policy for the management and use of technological resources.

Why? Mayor Meyer had a few thoughts.

He said these policies must do three things:

• Give people clarity
• Improve management
• Make sure the Commission has approved them all, according to state law.

Apparently, the current policy not only did not do these things, but was also incorrect on other matters, including:

• Provide definitions for open files and public files, which the mayor said the city probably shouldn’t do.
• Designation of the use of private technology by municipal officials as the subject of open cases.
• Saying procurement procedures require four weeks notice from IT – which Mayor Meyer says, “creates bottlenecks and problems”.

“We have a lot of work to do to clean them up,” he said. “It has been a hot topic for several years here. It is time to fix this problem.

New employees

Commissioners heard proposals for several new hires, which were put on next week’s consent agenda, including:

• Assistant to the municipal lawyer Emilee Buttrum
• Legal Operations Analyst Logan Todd
• Police officer Mitchell Matuz

Facade grants and incentives

Commissioners heard several proposals for grants and facades, which they put on the approvals agenda for next week, including:

• Rent Incentive Subsidy – Durham Brand & Co.
• Rent Subsidy Incentive – East to Vest Productions LLC
• Rent Incentive Subsidy – Sohza Sister LLP
• Rent subsidy bonus – Winecats LLC / The Bottle Shop
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Christopher Green
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Tischbein Properties LLC
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Women’s Crisis Center Inc.
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Sandra Stonebraker

Next meeting

The next regular meeting of the Covington Commission will be a legislative meeting at 6:00 pm on June 29 at the City Building at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. Meetings can be followed live on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, the Northern Kentucky Telecommunications Council (TBNK) website, TBNK @TBNKonline Facebook page, and TBNK Roku channels.

Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Approves Mini-Golf Course Site Plan | Local news

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Casino Reinvestment Development Authority vice chairman Richard Tolson, left, chairman Robert Mulcahy, executive director Matt Doherty and chairman of the Casino Control Commission James Plousis at a meeting in 2019.


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ATLANTIC CITY – The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on Tuesday approved the final site plan for a new mini-golf course near the boardwalk.

North Beach’s 18-hole mini-golf course will be located at 120 Euclid Ave. and will include two levels, bicycle rental and a pedestrian bridge leading to the promenade.

Nick Intrieri, co-owner of North Beach Mini Golf LLC, said there is no set date for construction to begin, but the company aims to start work in September so that it can be open for summer 2022.

The project was approved for a derogation of use as well as derogations from the existing regulations on setbacks, parking and signage.

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During the meeting, several members of the public expressed their enthusiasm for the project.

“I want to express the residents’ support for this project,” said Libbie Wills, President of the First Ward Civic Association. “So many times in the past we’ve talked about bringing family attractions to Atlantic City, and that’s it. It is a project for all age groups.

During a public hearing on May 20, more than 10 members of the public, both local and regional, declared themselves in favor of minigolf, said Lance Landgraf, director of development and development of the CRDA.

Hornell approves site plan for new Alstom manufacturing building

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HORNELL – Bill Norton’s nephew, an Air Force first sergeant, was in town this weekend to visit the Hornell branch of the family.

Norton took him on a tour of town to keep abreast of the latest happenings after years of absence, and his nephew was struck by all the changes around Hornell – a new hospital, new housing developments, redeveloped buildings and new construction projects.

The tour finally took a turn through Shawmut Drive, where the stage is set for another great addition to Maple Town.

Earlier in the week, Hornell’s planning council and the town’s planning and development committee both unanimously approved the site plans for Alstom’s new car shell manufacturing building to be located in the Shawmut Industrial Park.

“He said, ‘This place is booming. I can’t believe the changes around here, ”recalls Norton. “‘This will put Hornell on the map.'”

Norton is a member of the Hornell Planning Board which approved Alstom’s site plan following a presentation attended by the company as well as the design and engineering offices involved in the project.

Construction of a new 135,000 square foot railcar manufacturing plant is planned at 3 Shawmut Park Dr., just north of the current Alstom 2 plant. Alstom expands presence in Hornell after company wins a contract with Metra to supply rail cars for the Chicago metro area. . Alstom officially received the initial order of $ 769 million for the first 200 cars in March with options for another 300. In total, the contract could total up to $ 1.8 billion.

Norton said the only concern raised by the Planning Council was the transport of the large shells through city streets as they are moved from one Hornell factory to another during the manufacturing process. The board of directors has been assured that transport will take place during off-peak hours. Planning is also underway to cut down some trees along the road and deal with utilities or public infrastructure that may need to be relocated to allow transportation.

“I felt a lot better after hearing their plan,” Norton said. “I don’t see Alstom doing anything to disturb people.”

The Town Planning Council and the Town Planning and Development Committee both got their first glimpse of a rendering of the building. The new facility will include 105,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 18,000 square feet of warehouse space and 12,000 square feet of office space.

Metra’s effort is expected to create approximately 250 new skilled manufacturing jobs at the Hornell plant and help preserve another 400 positions at Hornell.

“This is a very important step in helping to make this project a reality and bring 250 more jobs to Hornell,” said Mayor John Buckley of the approvals. “It is an exciting time for Alstom and the Hornell community.

When construction of the building is completed, the road will be redone and a new sidewalk will be installed allowing better pedestrian access to Shawmut Park.

“Looking at the plan, the aesthetics of the building are almost the same as the other buildings in the main factory,” Norton said. “It will make the area neat. I think it will make this whole area look better and hopefully get people back to work.

“A lot of people come down to Shawmut Park and take the trail there. It will improve this neighborhood and be really good for the city.

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Brighton Planning Commission denies final site plan for Lindbom development

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The vacant Lindbom Primary School may not go away anytime soon.

The Brighton Planning Commission turned down the final site plan for the proposed townhouses on the abandoned school site.

The main complaint during Monday’s meeting was whether the proposal matched the city’s master plan, which commissioners ultimately decided it did not.

The plan to build 140 townhouses on the 10-acre property at 1010 State St., commissioners said, was too dense for the surrounding area, which is mostly made up of single-family homes.

This plan was one of many to be submitted to the planning committee since the elementary school closed in 2010. Bingham Farms-based developer SR Jacobson planned to purchase the property from RJB Holding Group and the transform into a “neighborhood within a neighborhood”.

The commissioners voted 6-2 to reject the final site plan. Commissioners Matt Smith, Steve Monet, Bill Bryan, David Petrak, Jim Bohn and Ken Schmenk voted in favor of the denial – Susan Gardner and Chuck Hundley disagreed. Commissioner Michael Schutz did not attend the June 7 meeting.

Related:The closed Lindbom School redevelopment plan heads to the Brighton Planning Commission on June 7

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The Brighton City Master Plan, which was passed in 2018, classified the property as a moderate density mixed residential area, which limits development to eight units per acre, except in areas adjacent to the city center, which are permitted up to 25 units per acre.

Much of the discussion between the commissioners revolved around whether the property could be considered adjacent to Brighton city center. Despite the site being less than half a mile from the city center, board member Bohn said he didn’t think it qualified because it is surrounded by single-family homes.

“I’m struggling in my mind with this neighborhood being in quotes adjacent to downtown,” Bohn said. “So because it is not adjacent to the city center it does not meet the master plan.”

Mayor Pro Tem Gardner disagreed, explaining that the development would provide a tight-knit neighborhood near the city center.

“We want a community – we want to be neighbors,” Gardner said. “I really believe the person renting here will be a lot like this person anywhere else in our city, except they want to be close to downtown or wouldn’t choose to live in this neighborhood. “

Although they did not approve this project, the commissioners were concerned about the problems caused by the property. Vandalism and break-ins are common in the closed elementary school, and it is poorly maintained.

Contact Sara Kellner at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ skellner21.

Development of World Heritage site slated for UK Government Leveling Fund application

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This article is old – Publication: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Ambitious plans to improve the visitor experience at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage site could be significantly strengthened if an offer from the UK government for the leveling fund is accepted.

The Wrexham Council Board of Directors is set to approve the submission of two nominations for the UK Government’s ‘Upgrade Fund’, which are based on the Wrexham Gateway project and developments in and around the site of the world heritage of Pontcysyllte.

In March 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £ 4.8 billion investment program for ‘investing in high-value local infrastructure’, who explained of the fund: ‘It is also designed to help local areas select real local investment priorities by putting the support of local stakeholders, including the local MP where they want to get involved, at the heart of its mission.

Two offers of up to £ 20million can be submitted for each entire parliamentary constituency. For the Wrexham County Borough this includes one for Wrexham and one for Clywd South in partnership with Denbighshire County Council.

Wrexham Council said discussions have taken place with the two MPs, in line with funding guidelines and the priority identified by Sarah Atherton, MP for Wrexham, is to secure funding to advance key elements of the master plan. approved for the Wrexham footbridge (more here)

The priority identified by Simon Baynes MP for South Clwyd is to secure funding for infrastructure development within the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (WHS) World Heritage Site, with Denbighshire County Council .

Wrexham Deputy Head of Council David A Bithell said: “One of Simon Baynes’ priorities is to explore how to develop and improve the infrastructure around the Trevor Basin and improve the overall experience there. and our world heritage site.

“We are also working with the Denbighshire Council, which also submits part of its tender. These are really tight deadlines, to submit these offers, the agents worked tirelessly to get them in. They are still working on the financial details, as we speak, ready to present the offers by June 18. ”

The previously released master plan includes a campsite / campsite, a ‘Telfords Treetops’ treewalk and the creation of a new trail along the old railway viaduct, improvements to the Trevor Basin area and the creation of ‘a walk on the River Dee which would include a new bridge.

Wrexham Council Housing and Economics General Manager Steve Bayley explained the elements of the offer: “The master plan itself has been widely consulted in the locality, so he is developing elements of that plan. director. There are projects around rewilding, visitor center, activity and education zones in the woods, river Dee walks, public domain and investments. The key element for this at this stage is also the movement and management of visitors. There have been conflicts between the local community and site visitors, over half a million people come to the site each year. So improve the way we deal with visitors. and relieving the pressure on local residents is really important as a starting point here, and that’s what we’re doing.

Speaking of the challenges of the site, he added: “It is one of the only open access World Heritage sites. If you think of Wales you have the castles you have to pay to enter and you have a captive audience you go through a gate, a turnstile you pay, if you go to Blaenavon the ‘big pit’ you pay , you enter. Here you can just walk to the 11 mile site. So how do you capture the income generated by this for the benefit of the local community? This is one of the things that we are trying to sort out, so if you can focus visitors on a particular locality, where they park and also have visitor interpretation centers, and you have places where you can often take the money, then is recycled in the local community and takes advantage of us to have a world heritage site, which is part of it.

Cllr Bithell added: “I want to officially thank Steve and his officers, Ian Bancroft (CEO of Wrexham Council) and Head of Council Mark Pritchard, who have worked really hard over the last few months with Sarah. Atherton MP and Simon Baynes MP to submit these offers.

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