Stratford’s Grand Trunk Community Hub gets federal interest

Aerial view of former CNR shops in Stratford (photo from Stratford Grand Truck Community Hub master plan)

The federal minister of Environment and Climate Change will be in Stratford Thursday afternoon.

Catherine McKenna is scheduled to be at the Stratford campus of the University of Waterloo. Perth-Wellington Liberal candidate Pirie Mitchell will meet Minister McKenna at that site.

The minister will be given an update on the long-term plans and environmental aspects of the Grand Trunk Community Hub. That hub is expected to include a new YMCA, a University of Waterloo Student Life Centre, expanded child care facilities, youth facilities, and accommodations for a growing senior population.

The Grand Trunk Community Hub is the site of the old CNR shops, which employed hundreds of people in its heyday.

The federal minister is to meet with Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson, the CEO of Stratford YMCA, the CEO of Festival Hydro, a representative of the Stratford Active Adults Seniors Association, and a representative of the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus.

A number of environmentally sustainable features are part of the Community Hub master plan, including permeable pavement, vehicle recharging stations, a green roof, solar panels and energy-efficient infrastructure. Festival Hydro is a major partner in the project.