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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wasaga Beach Downtown Project

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  

Fewer condos in the beach area after residents expressed concerns about adequate parking.

Around 350 people were at a meeting for an update on the redevelopment of the new downtown Wasaga Beach area and Beach Area Two.

At the RecPlex on Monday night, the developer, Fram Building Group, told the crowd that they considered public comments from the last presentation on August 15th.

Architect Michael Spaziani says because a number of people had concerns about adequate parking in the beach and downtown areas, the condo plan for Beach Area Two has gone from 328 units to 183.

This would include 40 waterfront townhouses, 49 land townhouses, 54 stacked townhouses and 40 units in two 3-storey apartment buildings.

There would be on street parking on Nancy Street with a parking lot beside it, at the downtown square as well as parking for the condos within the development.

And there could be around five hundred spots in the lot for the Community Hub across the street if it is built there. 

Another idea talked about at this meeting is above or below grade parking structures for visitors some time in the future.

Fram has also introduced the idea of an amphitheatre within the Beach Two condo project.

Michael Spaziani says some properties that they don't own have been preserved so they can develop on their own or, in the future, as part of the whole development.

Something else the crowd was told on Monday night was that the Fram development would create about 14 hundred permanent jobs.

Fram hopes to start selling condos at Beach Area Two this coming Spring.

There are also still plans for a recreation facility and arts space that could include galleries and studios as well as a performing arts area, and likely a library, in the Community Hub at Main and Beck Streets.

Town staff hope to have plans for this ready for council consideration early in the new year.


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