Shipyards in Collingwood
Posted June 27, 2017 – In my opinion
All photographs for this article were taken on the afternoon of June 22, 2017
You are probably wondering why I’m posting about the Shipyards in Collingwood. Please keep reading!
At the June 20, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting a motion was put forward as follows:
Recommendation: That Committee of the Whole recommends to Council that Fram Building Group Ltd. & Slokker Canada Corp., be short-listed for Council’s consideration to be the development partner with the Town of Wasaga Beach to develop Town-owned lands within Downtown Wasaga Beach;
And further that Committee of the Whole recommends to Council that Council meet with and tour built projects of Fram Building Group Ltd., & Slokker Canada Corp., prior to Council’s decision as to whether or not Fram Building Group Ltd. & Slokker Canada Corp., should become the Town’s development partner;
And further that Committee of the Whole recommends to Council that prior to Council decision as to whether or not Fram Building Group Ltd. & Slokker Canada Corp. should become the Town’s development partner, a third-party party audit be undertaken to ensure that Fram Building Group Ltd. & Slokker Canada Corp., has the financial strength to carry out the project to the satisfaction of the Town;
And finally that, subject to Council selecting Fram Building Group Ltd. & Slokker Canada Corp., to be the development partner of the Town, that the Town negotiate a future form of rights to future phases based upon meeting performance milestones to the satisfaction of the Town, as will be spelled out and agreed to in a subsequent development agreement;
I put forward an amendment that would see the town doing due diligence on the top two development companies instead of just one. My amendment was defeated by council.
At the June 27, 2017 Council meeting I requested again that council consider doing their due diligence on two developers instead of just one. This was defeated again and the motion as printed above was approved by the majority of council.
Below is a look at the Shipyards project in our neighboring community of Collingwood. Fram Building Group was the developer looking after this project and I believe it has been approximately 10 years since Fram stopped building.
I believe that town staff have worked with Fram in Port Credit previously on a successful project however, I look at Collingwood’s experience and have concerns that the same thing could happen here. Why hasn’t Fram finished the Collingwood project? It appears that Fram didn’t deliver on the promise of creating a people place with retail, restaurant, and public square which would have extended the downtown shopping district to the water’s edge.
It is my opinion that it is not in the best interest of our community to put all of our eggs in the FRAM basket. In the past Council wouldn’t support an operator as a lessee at the beachfront operating more than one of the bars yet seem to have no issue with one development partner in this apparent $625-650 million dollar venture.
Here is the view from the foot of Collingwood’s main street, in to what was proposed to be a retail/restaurant/public area extension of the downtown shopping district. The land is unkempt and sits undeveloped.
The site of the former shipyards dry dock was to be a welcoming public gathering place for residents of the Shipyards, tourists, boaters and for Collingwood residents. The land sits undeveloped.
How it looks today
Pictured below is the full view looking towards the downtown Collingwood main street shopping district.
I think you’ll agree that this is not a pleasant site. This was to be a major component of the Shipyards development but has sat untouched. It is an eyesore.
Proposed site of high rise condo building
How it looks today
Another eyesore occupying prime Collingwood harbourfront property within the incomplete Shipyards development.
Proposed Sidelaunch Condo Building
How it looks today
This boarded up section of Sidelaunch Way is the first thing people see when they enter the Shipyards development from Collingwood’s main street shopping district.