City of Orillia selling 5.75-acre prime industrial property

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The former Nordia Inc. call centre location at 2 Hunter Valley Rd. in Orillia, is for sale by the ity with an asking price of $5.499 million. Offers are being accepted until Oct. 15, 2020.

The city-owned property was once home to two call centres. The building is 44,000 square feet with a 14-foot ceiling height. The 5.75 acre property is zoned industrial.

“The property at 2 Hunter Valley Rd. has served the city well,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

“The time has come for us to put it in the hands of private development in an effort to create new employment opportunities for our community. West Orillia is experiencing significant growth and transformation, including the Hydro One Ontario Grid Control Centre and the Ontario Provincial Police detachment currently under construction. This site offers a great opportunity to be part of Orillia’s growing economy.”

The deadline for additional questions is Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m and the city will entertain offers on the property until Oct. 15. All offers will be evaluated by staff and then presented to Council for consideration. Analysis will not only be based on the value of offers, but also on the highest and best use proposed by potential buyers.

In 2002, the city built a 44,000 sq. ft. building at a cost of approximately $3.6 million to house a contact centre operated by TeleTech Inc. At its peak, TeleTech employed more than 700 people.

In 2013, the building and the lease were taken over by Nordia Inc., which also operated a contact centre.

Then in June 2020, council directed staff to work towards selling the property. Nordia’s lease on the property expired on Aug. 31, 2020. The company originally informed the city it would be consolidating the local operations at other Ontario facilities.

For more details, visit businessinorillia.ca.

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