Collingwood Grain Terminals

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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

Collingwood’s active harbour is a spectacular asset that contributes to Collingwood’s reputation for offering a high quality of life. The Harbour is also host to the iconic Collingwood Grain Terminals.

The Collingwood Grain Terminals (Terminals)

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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

Collingwood’s active harbour is a spectacular asset that contributes to Collingwood’s reputation for offering a high quality of life. The Harbour is also host to the iconic Collingwood Grain Terminals.

The Collingwood Grain Terminals (Terminals) are an iconic symbol in the community that tells the story of the Town’s industrial roots. A key goal of the Community Based Strategic Plan identifies Public Connections to a Revitalized World-Class Waterfront, of which the Terminals and spit are a prominent part. The Town of Collingwood visualizes a Heritage Drive that is a destination for locals and visitors alike, energized and animated through linkages across the development, that redevelops, respects, and celebrates the historical significance of the Terminals. The Town’s Waterfront Master Plan identifies the Pier as Collingwood’s landmark feature, with the Terminals and marina contributing to the overall experience in the area. The Waterfront Master Plan aims to introduce a range of destinations and activities to improve the walking experience for pedestrians and create functional and comfortable spaces for hosting public Town events.

In recognition of the significant financial and historical value of the Terminals and the magnitude of the project, Council directed staff to retain an Advisor for the project. KPMG Consulting was successful in the open bid process for this role. In 2021, the Town completed a Built Heritage Assessment to assist with informing future steps in this process. The Built Heritage Assessment provided valuable information on the cultural and historical value of the Terminals and was used in developing evaluation criteria and Guiding Principles for the revitalization partner process. Through public engagement conducted during the Built Heritage Assessment, a strong local connection was identified between many current, former, and some new residents to the preservation and revitalization of the Grain Terminals.

In 2022, following an extensive procurement process, Streetcar Developments Inc. & Dream Unlimited Corp. was recommended as the successful proponent to be considered to move forward with their proposal to revitalize the Collingwood Grain Terminals.

The submitted proposal outlined a commitment to developing their vision within the guiding principles established by the Town along with an extensive community engagement process. Some of these principles include structural preservation of the terminals, optimized public access to the spit and to energize and animate Heritage Drive.

Proposal Overview:

  • Re-development of Heritage Drive into 4 distinct but harmonious nodes, each providing significant public realm enhancements and access.
  • Preservation and adaptive reuse of the Terminals through the creation of a full- service hotel, including restaurants and events spaces, that highlight the heritage attributes of the building and provide public access to the entire Terminal building.
  • The addition of a new residential component to the east of the Terminals.
  • Public realm enhancements throughout the Spit, including new connections to the water, a reimagined Millennium Park, new trails and walkways, and a renewed focus on recreational and cultural activities for year-round public enjoyment.
  • New marine services building and facilities will address the needs of the existing key stakeholders on the Spit and will transform the Collingwood Harbour into a marine destination.

Project Guiding Principles:

In the development of the criteria that would be used to prequalify and score the final submissions, the project team used the Collingwood Terminals White Paper, Built Heritage Assessment, Waterfront Masterplan, Community Based Strategic Plan, Downtown Heritage Conservation District Plan, and several other key documents that were created through public consultation.

The Guiding Principles formed the basis of the proposal evaluation criteria used by the Evaluation Team.

Engagement Opportunities:
The Town of Collingwood will offer meaningful two-way communication with residents. Our accessible community will empower all to participate in discussions, engage in activities, obtain information, and provide feedback and opinions.

Further Public Engagement Opportunities will be posted on the timeline on the right side of this page and shared widely via our website, Facebook, Twitter and Town Pages in the Collingwood Connection.

History of the Grain Terminals:

  • Collingwood’s industrial history is a foundational pillar for its strong present. The Grain Terminals facilitated Collingwood’s evolving role in the shipping and transportation of goods throughout the Great Lakes and beyond.
  • Shipbuilding was one of the biggest industries that operated in the harbour for 103 years (1883 –1986) and employed over 1,000 people at its height.
  • The pier was constructed as a gateway to the Great Lakes with the Ontario, Simcoe, and Huron Union Railway Company (inc. 1853) building a railway that connected Toronto with the Great Lakes. It was the first of its kind to carry both passenger and freight traffic.
  • The Terminals silos were built over 30 consecutive days beginning May 25, 1929, with concrete being continuously poured for 24 hours/day. A total of 40 men built the Terminals at a cost of $800,000, with the marine tower and warehouse tower completed after the silos were poured.
  • The completed terminals had 126 silos with a capacity of 2,000,000 bushels of grain.
  • The first ship to unload at the terminals was the steamer Minesing from Chicago with 275,000 bushels of corn in September 1929 (nine months after construction began)
  • The last rail cars were filled for shipment from the Terminals in 1986.
  • Between 1986-1997, the Terminals were privately owned by Frank and Fred Hamilton.
  • The Town of Collingwood purchased the Terminals in 1997
  • In 2000, Millennium Park was created on the north side of the Terminals building
  • Collingwood Grain Terminals Built Heritage Assessment

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    August 11, 2021 - The Town of Collingwood is taking another step forward in determining the future of the Grain Terminals facility. 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.

    The Town of Collingwood is working with the heritage firm, Archaeological Research Associates Ltd (ARA), to prepare a Built Heritage Assessment of the Collingwood Grain Terminals and surrounding property. A Built Heritage Assessment will establish an understanding of the cultural heritage value or interest (also referred to as CHVI or Heritage Value) of the Grain Terminals and surrounding property.

    The built heritage assessment will use Ontario Regulation 9/06 made under the Ontario Heritage Act which sets out three principal criteria with nine sub-criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest. These criteria include: design or physical value, historical or associative value and contextual value. Consultation with the local community is an essential component for determining the community assigned heritage value of the Grain Terminals and surrounding property using the criteria listed above. The assessment will consider the local and regional history, a field survey, and community feedback to establish the heritage value as well as a list of heritage attributes. Heritage attributes are a list of features that represent the heritage value assigned to the site and must be considered prior to any alteration or redevelopment.

    Community engagement and consultation is a critical component of this process. Multiple methods for the public to communicate and provide feedback will be used. The public feedback will influence the understanding of the cultural heritage values assigned to the site and will be a key component within the overall built heritage assessment and the recommended approaches.

    The Built Heritage Assessment of the Collingwood Terminals project will run from July 2021 to December 2021. In addition to the Grain Terminal, the study area will include the surrounding lands and buildings. The study area is shown below.

    Engagement Opportunities:

    We want to hear from you!

    The Town of Collingwood will offer meaningful two-way communication with residents. Our accessible community will empower all to participate in discussions, engage in activities, obtain information, and provide feedback regarding the heritage value of the study area.

    Explore EngageCollingwood to find key information, including a timeline for consultation opportunities, links to key heritage related documents, key contact information, a space to ask questions, and various opportunities to provide comments, stories, and feedback. ARA, Council, and Planning Staff will consider all heritage related feedback as part of the assessment.

    The following community consultation opportunities will be available through the assessment:

    • EngageCollingwood will have on-going opportunities for community members to provide feedback and share stories about the heritage value of the study area and ask questions about the heritage assessment.
    • On Thursday, August 12, the first of a series of surveys will be open for community feedback. The first survey (Information Gathering Survey) will guide participants through a series of questions specific to understanding the heritage value of the study area.
    • In early Sept (time to be determined), a second consultation period will seek community feedback on the draft list of heritage attributes.
    • In late October the final consultation will seek feedback on the findings of the Built Heritage Assessment through a survey (Heritage Assessment Findings Survey).

    At any time, you can contact Amanda Pegg (townhall@collingwood.ca) with comments or questions related to the built heritage assessment of the Grain Terminals and surrounding property. Additional heritage related resources can be found under Important Links.

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

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    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.

    https://engage.collingwood.ca/collingwood-grain-terminals

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