Peterborough OKs research hub amid environmentalists concern

Trent Innovation and Research Park

Councilors of the City of Peterborough recently voted in favour of pushing forward with plans to build the Trent Research and Innovation Park at Trent University, despite concerns aired by students and environmentalists that the facility would threaten wildlife species in the area.

Peterborough-based advanced biomaterials manufacturer Noblegen Inc. is geared to be the anchor tenant of the 85-acre research park. The company plans to erect a 300,000 sq.ft. facility in the space. Construction is expected to cost upwards of $50 million and it will create hundreds of job in the region, according to Noblegen.

The park will transform Peterborough into a green research hub, according to Leo Groake, president of Trent University.

“Trent supports this motion as a positive step towards a better economy and new jobs for Peterborough,” he said. “…and as a way to make our university better for our students and as a contribution to an environmentally more sustainable future.”

However, Deborah Jenkins, a biologist and PhD candidate told Global News, that the construction will destroy the natural habitat of animals living in the area.

“There are wetlands being filled in along the side of the roads and this fragmentation … is seriously impacting any possibility of migration of turtles in this important area,” she said.

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