MRC Redevelopment Negotiations with The Province to Resume

Posted On Thursday May 16, 2019
May 16, 2019
MRC Redevelopment Negotiations with The Province to Resume
Gravenhurst, ON - At Town Council on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Paul Kelly and fellow Councillors discussed and approved proposed staff recommendations to re-enter a renewed discussion with the Province related to the Muskoka Regional Centre property.
“We feel our efforts to revive this process with the Province have been heard. We’re pleased that they are ready to resume dialogue with us, and seriously explore the proposal from Maple Leaf Education Systems and Knightstone Capital Management to redevelop the Muskoka Regional Centre property in Gravenhurst,” said Mayor Kelly. 
Following an original proposal by the proponent in 2017 to redevelop the property, which was ultimately rejected, the  Province intended to place the property on the open market, however began undertaking lengthy negotiations with another proponent which eventually failed to come to fruition.
“Council’s decision to continue on with the negotiation in this manner, gives the municipality the greatest level of control over the property, and it will ensure that our strategic goals of creating high end, year round employment in the area, as well as provide the community with additional benefits are met,” said the Mayor.
“At this time, we have informed Infrastructure Ontario that the Town is interested in continuing the process of brokering a deal between the Joint Venture, the Municipality and the Province.  Maple Leaf Schools intends to move forward with their original proposal to open a private international educational facility in Gravenhurst,” said Glen Davies, chief administrative officer. “As the Mayor has indicated, this proposal best aligns with Council’s strategic goals,” he added.
“There will be lots more information to come and further engagement with the community, but we are optimistic that we are again heading in the right direction,” said Davies.
For more information, please contact:
Paul Kelly
Mayor - Town of Gravenhurst
705-687-3412 Ext 234