Town seeks Public Input on Next Steps for the Collingwood Grain Terminals

Grain Terminals White Paper on Engage Collingwood details 3 Process Options for consideration & feedback

The Town of Collingwood is moving forward with determining the future of the Grain Terminals facility, located in Collingwood’s active harbour. In doing so, the Town seeks to support a healthy, strong, and vibrant community that recognizes the value of its history and heritage, while responsibly managing for a solid fiscal future.

Town Council is deeply interested in the Community’s input on the Grain terminals, and wishes to consider local beliefs and desires for the Terminals’ future and the future of the Collingwood Waterfront.
Council has stated that a decision on the future of the Collingwood Grain Terminals must be made in the near term to keep all end states viable for implementation.

On Engage Collingwood, the Town is currently seeking input on three process options, or a hybridization of them, that will move the Town toward a Council decision on the optimal physical end state and type(s) of use.

The three process options are as follows:

  • The Town can “Seek Funded Proposals for Evaluation and Decision”. This option will, via a formal Expressions of Interest process, seek development partners or buyers who can bring assets to the table that will enhance the outcomes for the Town, including for the people who live, work, and play here.

  • The Town can carry out “Environmental Remediation of the Marine Tower, with Steering Committee review of Additional Investigation of Unknowns and Opportunities”. This option will see the Town move forward with $2M marine tower work immediately, while also creating the Terms of Reference for and selection of a steering committee, and further consulting on the community’s and potential partners’ needs and ideas.

  • The Town can “Seek Business Opportunities for the East End (Sailing School) Building, Top Floor above Silos and Towers”. This option would see the Town seek about $800,000 in annual income from commercial venture(s) in the east end building, the two towers, the top floor above the silos, or even the space around the terminals. This would support needs such as the initial preservation investment, bringing utilities to the site and raising the roadway, and saving for the next renovation cycle.

While information gathering and decision-making processes are underway, the Town is committed to maintaining the minimum maintenance and operations of the Terminals to ensure the Health and Safety of staff, contractors, and the limited building users.

Council and Staff had great conversations with the public at a Tuesday, December 10 Open House event. The community is encouraged to visit Engage Collingwood to view the Collingwood Grain Terminals White Paper, learn more about the next step Process Options, and provide feedback.

Photo by Dave West Photography

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