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.