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Plans For Port Elgin Main Beach

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

The town is taking proposals from developers which include the train station area.

Saugeen Shores is moving forward on developing a plot of land at the Port Elgin Main Beach.

The land in question takes in the small steam train station and mini-golf facilities which didn't operate this year, along with the plot of land that has been home to the beach weekly flea markets.

CAO David Smith says the town owns the property but Andy and Debbie Hess own the actual train station.

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He says the owners could sell to a developer but the town would have no part in that transaction, or the other option is for a developer is to start fresh which would mean the Hess's would have to move the building.

Smith says the call for RFPs, which should happen in a few weeks, and will have perameters.

He says they want a development that will be beach-friendly and is sustainable and something that enhances the beach experience.

Smith says that could include another miniature train service, but it would likely run somewhere north of the current location, however a train station could still be set up in the current location to sell tickets and snacks.

He says it's possible any development may not start until 2020 but will wait to see what RFP plans come in.

The Hess's were not in attendance at the meeting, but the Hess's realtor was and left after the presentation.

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