DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is moving forward with planning for Port Perry’s waterfront.
At a meeting on Monday, May 6th, council decided to authorize staff to release a Request for Proposals for a consultant to prepare a Port Perry Waterfront Action Plan, as well as to release a Request for Expressions of Interest to seek a tenant to lease Port Perry’s old mill.
Regarding the waterfront plan, the Township has budgeted $90,000 for its creation, so consultant proposals cannot exceed that number. The scope of the plan was originally going to be from Birdseye Park to Vos’ Independent and the municipal parking lot at the corner of North St. and Water St. However, at the meeting, council approved an amendment, made by Ward 3 Councillor Angus Ross, to extend the scope farther north to the Port Perry boat launch, making the scope run from the boat launch to Vos’ Independent, still including the parking lot.
“I just want to make sure we are not stuck in a position where we are having to buy a new study to look at Birdseye northbound to [the boat launch],” Councillor Ross explained.
Director of Development Services Kevin Heritage explained the intent of the study is “to explore various alternative land uses for [the] waterfront.”
Ward 1 Councillor Ian McDougall questioned what could be involved with exploring the Port Perry Marina area.
“We could be looking at additional uses that could be incorporated with the marina, redevelopment at the marina. That’s something that will be looked at as part of the study,” Mr. Heritage responded.
A report from the Director of Heritage explained the old mill expression of interest (REI) process.
“Through the REI process, the Township would seek Expressions of Interest for the adaptive reuse of the structure, to accommodate commercial/tourism related uses. Consideration of any proposed uses would be required to take into account the proximity of this property to the waterfront area, as well as the Historic Downtown Area. It is recognized that such proposed uses would provide an anchor to the Queen Street retail area and potentially a focus for waterfront related activities,” the report read.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido questioned why the REI document includes a 20 year lease term.
“20 years seems like an awfully long time for us to enter into a lease agreement,” she said.
Mr. Heritage said they are looking for a long term lease “because of the capital investment an applicant or a lessee would require to put into the structure to operate.”
Councillor Ross asked if staff have looked at possibly selling the old mill.
“In dealing with the previous council, it was always the intent that the Township would retain ownership of that property, so that’s how staff’s recommending to move forward,” Mr. Heritage responded.
Ward 5 Councillor Lance Brown called finding a tenant for the old mill “vitally important.”
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