SCUGOG: While talk of the second phase of Port Perry’s SmartCentres development returned to Scugog Council chambers recently, no firm timeline exists for the development of the property along Hwy. 7A’s south side.
Councillors recently discussed a reduction in the letter of credit for the two properties along Hwy. 7A.
According to Public Works Director Ian Roger, a stormwater management pond on the southern property is "substantially complete," while additional paving and servicing on the northern property has also been completed to date.
Ornella Richichi, SmartCentres’ senior vice president of land development, said that the company will "continue to focus on the north side of the property" before looking south.
She added that with the latest tenant, the Bulk Barn, moving into the recently-constructed building on the property, there is less than 10,000 sq. ft. available to develop on the north side under the zoning bylaw.
During a budget discussion this week, Community Services Director Don Gordon commented that he has seen "no indication that the remaining buildings" on the north side of Hwy. 7A would be filled in the near future.
The Port Perry SmartCentres development finally opened in 2011 following several years of discussion at council and in the community, including a 2007 Ontario Municipal Board hearing regarding community concerns over the potential impact of the development on smaller businesses in the community, which was ultimately decided in favour of the township.