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 Hasty 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 a new Fire Station 2 and potential Simcoe County EMS post. Masri O Inc. has been awarded the contract for Phase 1 design works of the new fire station, including geotechnical and hydrological investigations, preliminary designs and tendering.
On September 15, 2021, Council approved moving forward with Phase 2 of the project. An RFP was issued and awarded to Weston Consulting for the preparation of a Community Hub Master Plan. As part of the master planning process, the consultant 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.
During a special meeting on May 10, 2023, Springwater Council gave its approval for the construction of a new Fire Station, as part of the Township's future Community Hub. At a meeting on July 7, Council directed staff to move forward with a design for aquatics and a gymnasium in phase one, with the potential for a double ice pad to be built in phase 2.
During a special meeting on May 10, 2023, Springwater Council gave its approval for the construction of a new Fire Station, as part of the Township's future Community Hub.
During the meeting, Council members authorized the retention of the project architect, Masri-O Inc., to oversee the contract administration and field review processes. Berkim Construction Inc. was selected as the successful proponent for the design-build phase of the project. Council approved an additional $730,065, bringing the total project budget to $8,530,065. This budget includes expenses for architectural consultants, the design-build contractor, and furnishings and security features.
The new fire station will feature a four-bay apparatus area, support and vehicle maintenance sections, administration and training spaces, and residential areas, including a day room, kitchen, fitness space, and washroom facilities. Construction is scheduled to commence this summer, with an estimated completion date in mid-2025.
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