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Town of Parry Sound Purchases Darlington Boathouse Properties

Posted on Monday May 15, 2017

Council Continues to move on Business Stimulus Plan.

The Town of Parry Sound has purchased four boathouse properties at the bottom of Bay Street at a purchase price of $850,000. Known locally as the Darlington Boathouse properties, they are located adjacent to the OPP/MNR/Service Ontario property, across from the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts and close to Big Sound Marina. The closing date of the purchase was March 31, 2017.

Striving for an Inviting Waterfront Where You Can Live, Work and Play
Ratepayers have been clear about their wish for waterfront development. Council responded by including this in its Strategic Plan and Business Stimulus Plan, and is now moving forward with implementation. Combining commercial and residential development with welcoming green spaces, the vision for the bottom of Bay Street is a place where residents and visitors can meet and enjoy the natural beauty.
Mayor, Jamie McGarvey, notes: “Purchasing the Darlington Boathouse properties positions the Town to have a greater degree of control in regards to future development of these waterfront properties. This is a progressive step for our community and supports Council’s Strategic Plan and the ‘Growth and Development’ Strategic Priority related to redevelopment of the harbor, relocation of the MNR/OPP, private sector development, and linking the downtown to shape the Town’s waterfront as the gathering place and economic hub it is envisioned to be.”

New EDO Hired to Focus on Business Stimulus Plan
The Town recently hired Clayton Harris, former Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Vaughan and original resident of Parry Sound, on a two-year, part-time contract. Clayton has extensive professional experience working with developers and investors and is delighted to now be able to do so in his hometown. His skills and insight will help him draw developers to collaborate on residents’ aspirations and values at the core of Business Stimulus Plan.