Monday, April 13, 2009

The Shipyards

Although the current economic slowdown has dampened the number of new housing starts and other construction activity in Collingwood and the surrounding area, it's full steam ahead at the "Shipyards."
After numerous delays much of it stemming from the extensive environmental remediation work that was required on the former shipyard property, site work commenced mid-way through 2008 with the installation of municipal sewer and water services, roads etc. Collingwood's building department recently issued $7.35 million in building permits for the initial phase of the development. The issuing of the Shipyards permits resulted in a record value for the number of building permits issued by the town of Collingwood in March, a total of $8.64 million.
Like a ship rising from its berth, construction of the first residential units of the "Shipyards" is now taking place at the northern extension of Maple Street. Ship building on the subject property ended in 1986. Since the last of the former shipyard buildings were removed a number of years ago, this prime waterfront site has remained virtually lifeless and had become an overgrown weed infested wasteland. It's encouraging to see this project finally taking place especially in these uncertain economic times. Kudos to the Fram Building Group for proceeding forward with these exciting development that is sure to transform Collingwood's waterfront.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.