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Cambridge mayor looks to grow city's film industry in 2020

Growth in the film industry and continual work on Cambridge's LRT, multiplex and consumption and treatment services site are in the works for 2020.

McGarry says there's a lot of economic development opportunities for the city through the film industry

Cambridge mayor Kathryn Mcgarry hopes to grow the city's film industry in 2020 and continue to to work on the city's LRT, multiplex and CTS site. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Growing Cambridge's film industry and ongoing work on the city's transportation, consumption and treatment site as well as breaking ground on the multiplex will be top of mind for mayor Kathryn McGarry heading into 2020.

She said the film industry is expected to be a major economic driver for the city going forward. Cambridge has served as the backdrop for the popular shows The Handmaid's Tale and Murdoch Mysteries.

"We do have the making of an ecosystem here in Cambridge and in Waterloo region for increasing and advancing the television industry," McGarry said.

She also met with film producers during a mayor's trip to California in late 2019 to lay the ground work for potential projects in the future.

Cambridge also hopes to make a business case to possibly establish a studio in the city, McGarry said.

Cambridge LRT and CTS site

McGarry said the city will also continue its work with the region on phase two of the LRT. The project's route was finalized in 2019 and 2020 will be the year of preliminary design work and funding applications. 

"Estimation about when shovels will hit the ground and closer to a train actually running would be eight to 10 years," she said.

Staff will also continue their work with the region on the city's proposed consumption and treatment services site (CTS) this coming year.

The city is in the midst of a planning study that could update the city's zoning by-laws to allow a CTS to operate, McGarry said.

Right now, the city also has a bylaw in place that bars consumption sites from operating within 500 metres of the three downtown cores. McGarry said a team is exploring potential locations for a site that would follow this bylaw.

Cambridge Multiplex 

Cambridge moved forward in 2019 to build part of the city's multiplex on city-owned lands in southeast Galt.

The facility would house a swimming pool, gymnasiums, fitness track and multi-purpose rooms. 

"We'll be looking at ground breaking and getting that prepared," she said.

Growing Cambridge's film industry and ongoing work on the city's transportation, consumption and treatment site and the multiplex are top of mind for mayor Kathryn McGarry this year. 7:36