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Zoning exemption for moving firm

CAMBRIDGE – Council has set aside a staff recommendation and has approved a zoning amendment to allow Canada’s largest moving company, AMJ Campbell, to locate on Industrial Road.

The company has made renovations to a 28,000-square-foot building at 305 Industrial Rd., which sits on a two-acre site.

It is purchasing an adjacent two-acre site for its moving business. The site is located within an area zoned for prestige industrial development by the city.

“This location is in the former Preston Sand & Gravel Pit,” said company spokesman Pierre Frappier. “This is a prestige development that is not living up to expectation.”

Frappier said what AMJ Campbell is proposing is compatible with other companies in the area.

The company will have 30 administrative personnel and 60 labourers. There will be no outdoor storage, but about 50 trucks will be parked there overnight.

In an unusual move, the Chamber of Commerce had representatives at council in support of the application.

“This was supposed to be a prestige development, but its really a hole in the ground and all that anyone sees from the 401 is the hydro station,” said chamber president Greg Durocher.

Chamber chair Uel McFall echoed that sentiment.

“This site will be screened from the 401. What they are proposing makes a lot of sense and it’s helping to grow our city,” he said.

Members of council also piled on as Coun. Rick Cowsill amended the staff recommendation to allow the rezoning.

“I haven’t heard a good reason why this should go forward,” he said of the recommended refusal. “Let’s face it, it’s in a pit and can’t be seen from the highway.”

“Staff made the right decision, but there are exceptions to the rule,” added Mayor Doug Craig. “This is in an area that is out of the way in a lot of respects. It’s not really observed. It’s the sensible, proper thing to do.”

“I’m so happy they are coming,” said Coun. Karl Kiefer of AMJ Campbell. “We need more companies like this.”

“This is a no-brainer,” pitched in Coun. Frank Monteiro. “Call the question.”

In his presentation, Frappier said AMJ Campbell could employ up to 100 people in Cambridge in the short term and has acquired additional land for potential expansion.

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