Woodstock council briefs: land sold to developer and a second maintenance building approved.
Second parks department maintenance building approved
Woodstock’s parks department will soon have a second maintenance building.
City council voted to award a tender to Tillsonburg’s PK Construction Inc. to build a one-storey 690-square-metre building for about $1.04 million. The company is also finishing an addition for the engineering department.
Council also authorized an additional $163,000, bumping up the project’s original $900,000 budget.. The city received 12 bids on the project.
With the department growing as the city expands, Brian Connors, Woodstock’s director of parks and recreation, said a second shop is needed.
“There’s a lot of wasted downtime when we’re driving very slow-moving vehicles across the city to maintain parkland, and this was the best location as far as from our current shop that we would be able to build this second shop to be able to maintain parks,” he said.
The facility will have washrooms, a lunchroom, a four-bay equipment storage area and a wash bay. The other facility is in Southside Park.
The new building will be located near Cowan Fields, and work will start this fall for completion next spring.
City, Fanshawe College sign new lease
A new three-year lease with two one-year extensions was signed between the city and Fanshawe College to permit the school to use about 110 square metres of space at the Woodstock District Community Complex.
The deal includes a slight bump in rent, as well as increases in each of the subsequent years.
Mayor Trevor Birtch said the deal for the additional room resulted from the college outgrowing its original space adjacent to the community complex.
The deal – originally signed in June 2014 – was for three years, with two additional one-year extensions.
The staff report stated the space is used for a simulated nursing lab and an accessibility testing centre.
The main 20-hectare campus has about 800 full-time students.
City sells 4.7 hectares to developer
The city is adding another corporate citizen with BGI Retail’s recent $1.34-million purchase of 4.7 hecatres of land on Woodall Way, south of Sprucedale Road.
The staff report noted BGI Retail – also known as 2498810 Ontario Inc. – plans to build a 7,060-square-metre facility to meet the minimum 15 per cent coverage required in the deal. The report also described BGI Retail as having “a solid reputation in the industrial construction and leasing market and maintains a diverse range of real estate.
Construction on the new facility is expected to begin next spring once the land sale closes.
The agreement also provides for future growth by the company, offering the first right of refusal on neighbouring lands for the next three years. Both adjacent parcels are roughly three hectares.
Len Magyar, Woodstock’s economic development commissioner, told council the company has a number of properties in nearby Paris and area, along with a good reputation.
“They’re a well-established developer and have a stable of tenants. We’re excited to have them coming to Woodstock,” he said. “If you look at what’s happening in Woodstock in the last couple of years, we’re seeing more developers from out of town who are discovering the community and the way they’re looking at developing this property is maybe design, so it accommodates one large user or also designed to accommodate a number of smaller users.”