Springwater Township council approves $3.9 million land purchase for new community hub in Midhurst

A new fire station and a multi-use recreation centre are planned for a 50-acre property on Snow Valley Road, just northwest of the City of Barrie.

Springwater Township council voted last week to purchase a 50 acre parcel of land from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at a cost of $3.9 million, plus HST. The subject land, known as the Hasty Tract, is located at 1132 Snow Valley Road and will be used for the establishment of a community hub.

“The site is strategically located within the Bayfield Corridor Study area and will serve as a multi-purpose community hub. It will allow us to continually ensure the safety of our residents through the creation of a new fire station and also expand on our recreational offerings to the community,” Mayor Don Allen said in a press release.

Immediate plans include the construction of a new fire station to service the Midhurst area. The remainder of the proposed development will be phased in to meet community needs and includes a new multi-use recreation centre, featuring an arena, library and meeting/activity space, as well as active and passive recreation opportunities.

In 2015, Springwater began searching for a new site along the Bayfield Street corridor to relocate an existing and aging firehall. Three years later, the township announced a plan to acquire land to develop a larger community hub.

An Environmental Assessment, including a traffic management study, stormwater management study, environmental impact study, soil and groundwater investigation, archaeological investigation and consultations with First Nations were completed in April 2020.

To learn more about this project visit www.springwater.ca/hastytract

See the conceptual site plan for details.


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