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Council Agrees To Sign Non-Binding Letter Of Intent With Developer

Wasaga Beach | by Ian MacLennan  

Wasaga Beach Mayor calls downtown project realistic and sustainable.

Wasaga Beach Mayor Brian Smith says the municipality has a downtown project that is realistic and sustainable.

He says the community is well on the way after council agreed at a special meeting today to sign a non-binding letter of intent with FRAM Building Group Limited for the development of town-owned lands on Main Street and Beach Area 1 and 2.

A binding letter of intent is expected to be discussed at the July 24th council meeting.

Smith says Wasaga Beach has been in downward spiral ever since a fire in 2007 gutted part of the downtown, mostly seasonal businesses.

He says phase one of the project will create a downtown proper along Main Street with a community hub that includes a new arena, new library, possibly a cultural centre as well as mixed use commercial and condominiums and will be known as the Town Square lands.

Phase two of the project is the redevelopment of Beach Areas 1 and 2, which the mayor says has been an eyesore for the community for many years, ever since the fire.

The plan includes beach-fronting condos, commercial uses and possibly a hotel.

Smith says he wants to see the town move from being a 2 to 3 month tourist season to hopefully year-round.

He touts the success of the Village at Blue Mountain, which he says at first was just a ski resort and is now busier in the summer than they are in the winter.

The mayor makes it clear the downtown Master Plan was not created as pie-in-the sky.

He says this wasn't about indoor skills hills, but rather something that was affordableand realistic,  not only for full time citizens, but people visiting.

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