Gravenhurst issues EOI for Muskoka Regional Centre property

The Town of Gravenhurst has issued a formal Request for Expression on Interest (EOI) for the Muskoka Regional Centre property.

The intent of the document is to seek qualified proponents to create a partnership to acquire and redevelop the site located at 2000 Muskoka Road N, Gravenhurst.

“We are pleased that this process is picking up momentum,” said Glen Davies, chief administrative officer. “We look forward to acquiring a strong partner who will come to the table and help us work towards making this property a prominent and prosperous part of this community once again.”

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The EOI proposals are due Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and should be no longer than 10 pages including appendices.

Each proposal shall include:

Proposal to Purchase – This is a detailed outline for a proposed development concept, agreement of purchase and sale, Town partnership and economic and employment creation impact.

Qualifications of the Respondent – The proposal shall outline the qualifications and experience of the respondent.

Expressions of interest will be evaluated on a number of points including but not limited to the proposed development’s sustainability, the proposed developments ability to create employment opportunities, compatibility with the values expressed in the Official Plan, qualifications of the respondent, quality of the proposal, knowledge of Gravenhurst and planning regulations, creativity, achievable time-lines and financial capacity.

In addition to submissions, potential respondents will have the opportunity to participate in a site tour of the property. This tour will take place on Wednesday, August 17, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

“Council has been waiting for some time to see something meaningful happen on that property and we are thrilled to be able to start to think about the possibilities,” offered Mayor Paisley Donaldson. “This will be a very positive change for the community.”

Following the September 16, deadline, Council will approve a preferred partner. Negotiations will take place with the successful partner(s) and further discussions with Infrastructure Ontario will follow.

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