Revitalizing Collingwood’s Iconic Grain Terminals: A Vision for the Future

Plans include a full-service hotel, restaurant and event space, and a residential component

Collingwood residents finally got a glimpse of the proposed plan for the revitalization of the Grain Terminals.

Streetcar Developments Inc and Dream Unlimited Corp unveiled a comprehensive proposal for the Terminals and the surrounding lands at Monday’s town council meeting.

“We are excited to partner with the Town of Collingwood to implement a visionary plan for the Spit and to stabilize the iconic Terminal building so it can remain a Collingwood landmark for decades to come,” said Les Mallins, President of Streetcar Developments.

The proposal includes the redevelopment of Heritage Drive with public enhancements, preservation, and adaptive reuse of the Terminals as a full-service hotel, restaurant and event space, and a residential component to the east of the Terminals. The public enhancements include access to the shoreline, trails, lookouts, boardwalks, and public space for retail. The most notable addition is public access to the Terminal building itself, with the current “bin floor” atop the Terminals envisioned as a publicly accessible feature with sweeping views of Georgian Bay and the Town.

“Our community has waited decades to see a vision for the future of the Grain Terminals,” said Mayor Yvonne Hamlin. “The possibilities presented … provide a clear path to a transformative repurposing of the Terminals for public and private uses. This proposal will revitalize the entire spit with improved access for boaters, cyclists, swimmers, and anyone who wants to enjoy a day at the waterfront. I look forward to working with the community, Streetcar and Dream as this project moves ahead.”

The proposed design concept incorporates leading green technologies and aligns with the Town’s commitment to sustainability while honouring the built heritage of the site. “Our team’s involvement extends well beyond the development and construction of this project. With our hotel, we become a fully aligned operating partner with the Town in perpetuity, ensuring the Spit remains an all-season attraction for the community and visitors alike. We look forward to working with the community to bring this important landmark back to life,” added Les Mallins.

 Public engagement and consultation are expected to begin this summer.

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