Is history repeating itself?
These are good days again as Collingwood enjoys a condo building frenzy much like the condo building boom from decades ago that put Collingwood on the map as an up-and-coming four season recreation destination.
It all started in the early 1970’s with Bill Stevenson, one of the founders of Cranberry Resort. Cranberry Village became the first big player in the Collingwood condominium market. The first phase saw the construction of condominiums around Harbour Street and Escarpment Crescent, and the opening of the former Holiday Inn complete with what was at the time Collingwood’s most popular night spot for “live” music, Flanagan’s. The Holiday Inn later transitioned into a more up scale Cranberry Inn with quiet bar and fine dining restaurant.
Larry Law purchased the development in 1992. In moving the Cranberry Village Community forward, Larry wanted it to appeal to newcomers as it did to him when he first arrived in Collingwood. Mr. Law began to launch is plan to expand the four-season recreational community and the resort grew quickly. Today, the resort continues to expand as condominiums line both sides of highway 26 west of Collingwood, including along the waterfront. Many amenities including swimming pools, parks, multi-use trails and a championship 18 hole golf course contribute to the outstanding four season lifestyle community.
The late Rupert Bronsdon’s first development was the 208 unit waterfront Rupert’s Landing condominium project in Collingwood’s west end, followed by the 576 unit 100 acre Lighthouse Point Yacht and Tennis Club development next door.
Bronsdon was recognized for his vision and developments on many fronts and was named “builder of the year” in 2002 by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Back then, the nick-name “Condowood” was given to our town because of the many large developments that were underway, and it has resurfaced today as new faces trigger unprecedented growth in condominium construction.
As Carly Simon sang in her hit song in the 70’s, these are the good old days, again.
After years of inactivity, Collingwood’s massive Shipyards development at the water’s edge of the downtown district is experiencing good times again as construction on new condominium town homes is in full swing.
A meeting of Collingwood’s Development & Operations Services Standing Committee was held Monday, January 22, 2018.
The purpose of a proposed Amendment to the Official Plan was to re-designate a portion of the Shipyards “Condominium E” lands from Live/Work Residential to Medium Density Residential and to re-designate a portion of the Shipyards “Side Launch 2” lands from Commercial to Medium Density Residential.
The result better reflects the needs and wants of today’s new home buyers and cleared the way for construction of additional town homes.
Tara Parsons is a Sales Representative RE/MAX Four Seasons Realty Limited, Brokerage and is the Director of Sales for The New Shipyards.
“Response and sales to the limited release of bungalow loft town homes at the Shipyards has been brisk. They have been very popular with 2 beds, 2 baths on the main floor & 4 car parking starting at $619,900.”
Parsons says fifty-six town homes were released, sixteen are now occupied, and twelve are presently under construction. Seven are available for sale.
“Spring 2018 we are releasing 11 Spectacular Waterfront townhomes along the Promenade.”
Perfect World Collingwood
Meet the newest player in the Collingwood condo game. Perfect World Collingwood held a public meeting at Collingwood Council on Monday January 29th to provide information, and receive input, on it’s proposed new condominium development between the former shipyards’ dry dock and Heritage Way.
Perfect World Collingwood will be a six storey harbourfront condominium development featuring panoramic water views. An exclusive collection of suites and penthouses will be available.
The development is being proposed by the creators of the Georgian Bay Club and private residences.
Ken Hale, RPP, MCIP, from Dunn Capital Corporation recently appeared before Collingwood Council to present the plans for Perfect World Collingwood. He said it was very important to the developers that the public have access to the waterfront in the same manner as is presently accessible along the sidelaunch area of the Shipyards.
“This is private property as it sits now and there are no provisions for waterfront access currently. That’s not what we would like to see. We wanted to create a vision that is consistent with the plans that this council and and previous councils started, developing a vision for the waterfront. It started out with a community strategic plan back in 2014/15. The conclusion of that strategic plan was that the top priority was that the key to the development of Collingwood was a revitalized waterfront access.”
Hale also talked about the development’s excellent central location with shopping and services within easy walking distance.
“It is very close and adjacent to the downtown. The Shipyards in its entirety is considered to be within the downtown core area.“
After years of planning, Balmoral Village continues to rise from the ground with its unique seniors community concept along Harbour Street just east of Cranberry Village. This development truly is different than all of the others.
Construction is well underway at Balmoral Village, and soon, work will begin to build the condominium component of this one-of-a-kind development.
Thom Vincent, President, Global Hospitality Inc. and Balmoral Village, says initial interest in the Balmoral Village condominiums has been positive. He says a builder has been announced and an agreement will be in place in early March clearing the way for construction.
“We have soft marketed the condos www.balmoralcondos.ca with Royal LePage Locations North, and have 55 Registrations with deposits from interested purchasers. We only have 129 units total in the building, so have a great deal of initial interest.“
Vincent says demand for the unique type of development Balmoral Village is offering is high.
“When we release our units to the marketplace, after the Registrants have completed their Agreements of Purchase and Sale, we expect that we will sell very quickly. We will be competitively priced and prospective purchasers who understand the value of our Age in Place Adult Lifestyle Village will be attracted to our Development. “
Balmoral Village offers many types of residential housing options for “Aging in Place.”
The concept was designed to offer Balmoral Village residents lifestyle choices for every stage of life. Living at Balmoral Village eliminated the need to move away. Instead, a range of housing options and services are offered allowing residents to transition from independent living through to enriched care when and if it is required.
Balmoral’s graduated living concept targest the 50-plus market. You could begin with living in a semi-detached bungalow or town home, then down the road, “smartsize” into an apartment or condominium or enriched care facility while still enjoying all of the services and amenities and all possible without leaving the Balmoral Village community.
When this development finally gets underway, it will be a game changer for Collingwood’s downtown district.
It has certainly had its share of controversy and delays but now that the development has new ownership and the political gamesmanship and economic upheavals have calmed down, it appears as though this downtown condominium project is ready for takeoff.
Monaco has been designed as a six-storey, 127 suite building that will feature 19 penthouses, underground parking, rooftop terrace with barbecues, fire pit and water feature, multi-purpose lounge with kitchen and 30,000 sq. ft. of retail space at street level.
One-, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den and three-bedroom suites will feature 10-foot ceilings; balconies; wide-plank laminate flooring; kitchens with Italian cabinetry and island or peninsula, under-cabinet LED lighting, quartz or granite countertops and tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances; bathrooms with soaker tubs, glass shower enclosures and Italian-made vanities with quartz countertops.
Monaco will stand at the southern entrance to Collingwood’s downtown heritage district.
The Regent condominiums are slated for construction on a site centrally situated across from Collingwood’s historic town hall in the heart of the nationally recognized downtown heritage district.
At its November 8th meeting, the Downtown Collingwood Business Improvement Area Board of Directors agreed to send a letter to the consultant and building owners expressing the BIA Board’s support for the project and to include a copy of the Board’s motion of support. The Board also suggested that a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) be initiated for the adjacent laneway.
Unlike the other condominium developments, The Regent is a small, three storey,12-condo development. It sits on a site that was once home to the historic Regent Theatre. The theatre later transformed into the home of CKCB 1400 radio in the 1960’s.. The plans call for an outdoor living area on the landscaped roof entertainment area with impressive views of the town streets, Georgian Bay and Niagara Escarpment including the Blue Mountain and Osler Bluff ski hills.
Here is an artist rendition of the views to the west from the Regent Condos in downtown Collingwood – taken from the Regent’s web site.
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