In November 2020, Springwater Council approved the purchase of a 50 acre parcel of land from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at a cost of $3,884,846 plus HST. The land, known as the Hast Tract is located at 1132 Snow Valley Road and will be used for the creation of a community hub.
The location is ideal for a community hub and is supported by the Bayfield Corridor Study in the Official Plan review. The area provides a strategic location for community services, access to Simcoe County LINX transit and potential in the long-term for local, higher level public services and development of Midhurst's future downtown area.
About the Project
Immediate plans for the land include:
- New fire station
- New recreation centre with arena
- Library and creative space
- Meeting and activity space
- active and passive recreation opportunities (ie: trails and sports fields)
- Simcoe County EMS station
Phase 1 development of the Community Hub project was approved by Council in April 2021, with Ainley Group retained for project management. Phase 1 includes site preparation (studies/survey, tree clearing and civil works), as well as the construction of the new Fire Station 2 and potential County EMS post. A Fire Station & Fire Service Training RFP was issued, though cancelled after the process brought in three over-budget bid submissions. Staff were instead directed to seek options to engage an architect to provide design build plans for the new Fire Station 2. An RFP for Architectural & Engineering Services was issued in October 2021.
On September 15, 2021, Council approved moving forward with Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 involves drafting and releasing an RFP for the preparation of a comprehensive Master Plan for the Community Hub. The successful proponent will be responsible for public consultation, preparing a long-term concept plan for the property, site servicing, cost projections and design criteria for future facility development.
For more information on the project or to request further notice, please contact:
2284 Nursery Road
Midhurst, ON L9X 1N8
Tel: (705) 725-7534
Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Springwater
2231 Nursery Road
Minesing, ON L9X 1A8
Tel: (705) 728-4784
195 Country Court Blvd., Suite 300
Brampton, ON L6W 4P7
Tel: (905) 452-5172