Roquette still “full speed ahead”

Roquette still “full speed ahead”Production pushed ahead into 2020 Mickey Dumont —  Portage la Prairie’s business community and coffee shops have been rife with rumours the half-billion dollar Roquette plant here, is in trouble. Rumours have been circulating for at least two weeks that work at the site has been halted, engineering cost overruns have escalated to nearly a billion…

Commercial real estate deals a sign of the times

Commercial real estate deals a sign of the timesLife-lease towers sell Mickey Dumont The Portage Citizen A mega million-dollar real estate deal finally cleared hurdles this month that saw Portage la Prairie’s life lease towers sold to a local investor. Dalton Estates, Queens Court and Windsor Park buildings, a total of 147 lease-life units, were sold at the beginning of April for an…

BOOM TOWN!

BOOM TOWN!BOOM TOWN! The Portage Citizen The “B” word is increasingly slipping off more local tongues. What does it mean?Quietly, but assertively, Vern May, Portage Regional Economic Development (PRED) executive director may be the first municipal official to state Portage la Prairie and area is in the midst of an economic boom. May’s economic development portfolio…

Real estate to make steady gains

Real estate to make steady gainsReal estate to make steady gains The Portage Citizen The coming influx of new workers and their families to Portage la Prairie attracted by new jobs at Roquette when it is built and when Simplot expands will put expected and unexpected pressure in the real estate market. “There will be a shortage of housing in…

Hotels bookings will be full in 2018/19

Hotels bookings will be full in 2018/19Hotels bookings will be full in 2018/19 The Portage Citizen Book your room now, when construction ramps up, you might not get one. By many accounts, 2017 was a good year for local hoteliers and 2018 continues to build a head of steam. With spades poised to dig or already in the ground to construct…