City of Orillia seeking feedback on proposed redevelopments before moving ahead with waterfront project

Orillia City Hall wants your take on a proposed waterfront development.

The city’s Waterfront Redevelopment Project has a shortlist of two proponents wanting to buy up municipally-owned lands at 70 Front St. N. for redevelopment, and feedback is sought before more decisions are made. The city is inviting residents to go online to view a waterfront redevelopment virtual open house video, review the redevelopment concepts being proposed, and complete a survey.

“The redevelopment of the strategically located property at 70 Front St. N. is a great opportunity to better connect our historic downtown with our beautiful waterfront and bring new residents and businesses to the core of the city. After years of feedback and public consultation about the future of Orillia’s downtown and waterfront, we are very excited to reach this milestone where the vision comes into focus,” said Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke. “The RFP process has helped guide and shape the redevelopment so that it matches and further enhances the character of Orillia and meets the development principles as determined by previous public consultation.”

Approximately 8.6 acres of land adjacent to the waterfront are up for grabs in this project, earmarked for redevelopment in December, 2020. Principles set out in the development of the land include supporting the city’s long-term plans for the downtown, optimize financial return, demonstrate a sustainable “green” approach, and enhance resident and visitor experience.

The virtual open house video, redevelopment concepts, and online survey will be live until April 18, 2021. It is expected the successful proponent will be named by late summer, 2021.