College campus construction breathes life into downtown Sydney, N.S.


The sound of construction work in downtown Sydney, N.S., is hard to tune out, but it’s music and money to the ears for businesses in the area.

“We have been seeing the benefits from the first announcement when they said they were looking to move to downtown Sydney,” said Michelle Wilson, executive director at the Sydney Downtown Development Association.

The new Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Marconi Campus is now being built on the waterfront.

Wilson says it’s created an economic buzz.

“Over the last couple of years, since construction has started, we’ve seen even more businesses open despite construction and COVID and all of the other barriers that you think would deter someone from opening a business,” said Wilson.

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