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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation​

Work continues on MBL Promenade

September 15, 2021 - Pouring of the concrete promenade slab began this week with the first 2.5 metre-wide section completed along the property where the former coal​ dock used to be.

Soon this slab​ will be expanded further south to be 7 metres wide (23 feet) and include interlocking stone features.

Still to come:

  • ​Trees, shrubs, benches and solar lights, offering places to view Georgian Bay;
  • An asphalt multi-use trail that will welcome cyclists, walkers and more.
Stay tuned for future updates!
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MBLDC unanimously endorses GeoPark recommendations

BrandTrade presented Midland and the North Simcoe region with a significant opportunity to brand and market the whole Region to visitors and investors alike that will generate new employment and significant economic benefits through expanded tourism, retail, restaurant and accommodation businesses. A UNESCO Global Geopark will build on and enhance our existing cultural and historical assets and showcase them to the world.​

A highly motivated, knowledgeable small Steering Group will immediately start work to seek endorsement from North Simcoe municipal and indigenous councils to begin developing and launching a Georgian Bay Geopark and obtaining designation from UNESCO in the next 18 - 24 months.  Having initiated and now presented the Feasibility Study, MBLDC will hand over the launching of Geopark to the Steering Group.

The MBLDC Board unanimously endorsed the Feasibility Study and recommended that the Town of Midland Council and the other municipal and indigenous councils do the same.​

Watch: Special Board Meeting - GeoPark Feasibility Study presentation​

Feasibility Study - UNESCO Geopark Opportunity
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 MBL Promenade Updates

Construction well underway - August 24, 2021

​Construction work is well underway on the MBL Promenade Demonstration

August 24, 2021 - ​Below are progress photos (in an animated GIF) of the ongoing construction work at the Midland Bay Landing (MBL) Promenade Demonstration.

Constructions Begins - August 3, 2021

​Construction begins on Midland Bay Landing Promenade Demonstration

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, construction work began on the Midland Bay Landing Promenade Demonstration. The promenade demonstration will show a portion of the proposed promenade that will extend along the entire 1100 metre waterfront at Midland Bay Landing (MBL).

Construction vehicles will be using the MBL parking lot to enter/access the construction area, however visitors will continue to have access to the parking lot to enjoy the area.

Details

The demonstration will be approximately 100m long, along the former Coal Dock featuring the historic 2m wide concrete base for the old steel rails and new a 4m wide concrete promenade; interlocking stone​ accents, viewing benches and a picnic table abutting a 2.5m wide bio-swale with trees, shrubs, and solar pedestrian lights, separate 3m wide asphalt multi-purpose trail for bikes and strollers will run parallel to the swale.

Expected Completion

September 2021

Location of MBL Promenade Demonstration

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News & Information

MBLDC - Media/News Articles

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 FAQs

What is the Midland Bay Landing promenade demonstration?

​It is a demonstration of a portion of the publicly accessible waterfront promenade that will extend along the entire water’s edge of Midland Bay Landing and connect to the Downtown.

The promenade demonstration will have a 6.5m wide concrete walkway along the existing steel wall, a part of which will incorporate the historical concrete beam that had steel rails along it for the cranes that loaded coal on to ships. Interlocking stone feature strips, similar to King Street, will add accents and texture to the walkway.

Beside the walkway will be a swale with trees, planting, benches, a picnic table, and solar pedestrian lights. Parallel to the swale will be a 3m wide asphalt multi-use trail for bikes and strollers.

Construction is expected to be finished in September 2021.

What will the Midland Bay Landing development consist of?

​Midland Bay Landing will be a vibrant, mixed use, live-work community on the shores of Midland Bay.

A main feature of MBL will be its publicly accessible waterfront promenade that will extend along the entire water’s edge of Midland Bay Landing and connect to the Downtown.

Large open spaces – new parks, a promenade, a public square – covering 10 acres.

Shops, restaurants, offices, studios, hotel and conference facilities combined with residential units in mid-rise buildings, and low rise residential units.

A walkable neighbourhood connected to Downtown and the trail network.

When will construction start on the MBL site?

​Before can construction start, MBLDC will seek Requests for Qualifications/Expressions of Interest from prospective developers. Following that, qualified developers will be asked to respond to a Request for Proposals expected to be issued in early 2022.

The start of construction will be decided by the selected developer(s) after they obtain planning approvals and building permits.

Will there still be access to the water for fishing?

​Fishing along the existing steel wall at the east MBL parking lot will be able to continue.

When the MBL development is complete, fishing along the water’s edge from the continuous 1100m promenade will still be possible.

Will there be docking for boats at Midland Bay Landing?

​Docking for small boats on a short-term basis may be accommodated once final plans are determined.

Where will large cruise ships dock in Midland?

​The Town has announced the arrival of 2 large new cruise ships in Midland in 2022. They will dock temporarily along the old coal dock steel wall where the new MBL promenade demonstration is being built.

While the cruise ships are docked, views and access to the Bay will still be possible at the east end of the MBL parking lot.

​MBLDC Board of Directors​​

Robert Barber

Robert Barber
​Robert Barber is the Managing Partner of Den Bosch + Finchley, an award-winning design build development firm operating in the GTA. With over 35 years of experience, Robert has established a tradition of excellence as a leader in his industry. Prior to joining Den Bosch + Finchley, Robert worked with both PCL and Ellis Don; key projects including, The North York Performing Arts Centre, The Bank of Montreal, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place (formally BCE Place) and Dundurn Castle.

Robert is also an Acting Director of Urbanfund Corp., a publicly traded corporation which focuses on value engineering to maximize its portfolio, spanning from Ontario to the East Coast of Canada.

Robert studied at Seneca College in the Civil Engineering and Technology Program.

In his free time, Robert keeps active and enjoys the outdoors. He is both an avid Georgian Bay boater and devoted downhill skier. Robert is also an ardent cyclist who prominently participates in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, along with Cycle Camelot. Additionally, Robert supports several other other charitable foundations, including Sick Kids Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.​

Zach Douglas L.L.B.

​​Zach Douglas

Zach Douglas led the start-up and development of McMaster Innovation Park from 2006 to 2018. Prior to MIP, he served in a number of senior roles throughout his 35 year career in the Economic Development, Investment Management and Corporate Finance fields.

At Crown Investment Corporation of Saskatchewan, Zach Douglas was Senior Vice-President of Investments managing a portfolio of large industrial investments, smaller venture capital investments and several investments in funds having a value of more than $600.0 M. 

Previously, Zach was President & CEO, Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation a provincial Crown Corporation providing strategic financing to small and medium size businesses, as well as operating research and development parks.

He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of major Saskatchewan and Canadian companies and non-profit organizations including the National Board of the Arthritis Society.

Zach Douglas holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.​

Teena Fazio P. Eng, MBA

Teena Fazio

Teena Fazio is a Fellow in Board Governance with experience serving on private company, crown corporation and not-for-profit boards, including as Corporate Director and Member of the HR Committee of the Board of Metal 7 Inc. and the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority. Prior to focusing on boards, Teena held a number of senior management positions in both the private and public sectors, working in large organizations in manufacturing, mining & metals, transportation,  and construction. ​

She honed strong corporate governance and business experience during a decade at Rio Tinto (formerly Alcan Inc.), leading global transformations in Strategic Planning and in Continuous Improvement as well as undertaking a CEO chief of staff role during times of complex change. Prior to Alcan, Teena worked for an international management consulting firm, where she assumed mandates in North America and Europe.

In the public sector, she oversaw the overall administration, including finance, human resources and operations, of the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University; and she began the first seven years of her career managing the planning, design and construction of highway engineering projects for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

Teena graduated with distinction from Civil Engineering at McGill University and is a registered professional engineer (P.E.O.); she holds an MBA from INSEAD. In December 2017 she was named to the Diversity 50, recognizing Canada's most diverse and eligible board candidates.

William (Bill) Kernohan

William (Bill) Kernohan

Bill Kernohan has managed projects for owners across Canada and internationally as an architect, developer, project manager and management consultant.  His extensive experience in both project and construction management for public and private sectors spans large commercial office and retail projects, data centres, financial services sector, and many hospital projects across Ontario delivered under a public-private partnership model.

Approaching projects from a business-technical perspective and the client's business strategy, Bill brings and independent, objective perspective to owners offering insight and solutions to obstacles for both senior management and the project team.  Using his facilitation skills and collaborative approach with the client and project team, Bill focuses on minimizing risks and successfully achieving the project outcome.

John Macintyre B.A., C. Dir.

John Macintyre

John Macintyre is a seasoned executive leader with extensive public and private sector experience in the government, real estate and development sectors.

John is Principal of Cresa Toronto, a Real Estate Advisory Firm in Toronto where he leads the Strategic Real Estate Practice.  Previously, John's outstanding career was highlighted by Executive Leadership roles as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Residential Projects, for Build Toronto, Vice President of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation, Acting CEO of Invest Toronto and Director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the City of Toronto.

John is very active in the community serving as a Director for the Toronto Blue Jays Charitable Foundation, Governor of the Royal Life Saving Society, Ontario Branch, National Government Relations Committee member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a former Director for the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. He is also former Chair of the Humber Arboretum Board of Management and former Chair of Parks and Recreation Ontario.

John is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as the Toronto Chair for 2008 and the Ontario Chair for the 2012 Conference.

John is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a graduate of the Directors College with a Chartered Director (C.DIR) Designation and the Human Resources Compensation Committee Certification (H.R.C.C.C.) from McMaster University.

John and his family enjoy their time in the Midland area with a seasonal residence in Georgian Bay Township on Gloucester Pool.

Stewart Strathearn - Mayor, Town of Midland

Mayor Stewart Strathearn

Mike Ross - Deputy Mayor, Town of Midland

Deputy Mayor Mike Ross

Con

tacts

David

Denault

MBLDC CAO
705-526-4275 ext. 2201
ddenault@midla​nd.ca​

Angela Grenier

MBLDC Recording Secretary
705-526-4275 ext. 2223
agrenier@midland.ca​​

MBLDC Agendas & Meetings Minutes are available on CivicWeb. Click the buttons below to access them.​​​​​

MBLDC AgendasMBLDC Meeting Minutes

Related Documents

Progress Reports

Municipal Development/Services Corporation

Background

Midland Council has approved the creation of a Municipal Services/Development Corporation for the Midland Bay Landing development.  Midland Bay Landing (formerly the Unimin Lands) is a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property - our most significant land holding within the Town.

Public Open House

The Town held a Public Open House on October 30th, 2017.  The Town's Consultant, Don May, provided a presentation (which was also provided to Council on October 10th, 2017), followed by a Q&A period. 

What is a Municipal Development/Services Corporation?

A Municipal Development Corporation (MDC) is an entity which the municipality can create under the provisions of the Municipal Act.  The Town would retain complete and full ownership of the corporation. Municipalities have authority under the Municipal Act to create MDCs for any of the following purposes: ​

  • Promotion of the municipality;
  • Acquisition, development and disposal of sites in the municipality for residential, commercial and industrial uses;
  • Public transportation systems;
  • Residential Housing;
  • General Parking Facilities;
  • Small Business Counselling;
  • Community Improvement Plan Administration;
  • Improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned land, buildings and structures;
  • Convention and Visitor information bureaus; and
  • Provision of culture and heritage systems.

Why a MDC for Midland?

  • Creation of a MDC provides Midland with a corporate structure to maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) of strategic land assets such as Midland Bay Landing;
  • It allows the Town to pursue investors to stimulate economic development concerning Town-owned assets;
  • A MDC would separate the role of Policy “Development/Creation” and “Execution” by establishing a Board of Directors to make decisions based upon Council’s strategic guidance and input;
  • A MDC would provide the ability to continue business surrounding land development without interruption during municipal election periods (i.e. lame-duck council).

Have other municipalities created these MDCs?

Yes. For various reasons other municipalities have undertaken the option to create a MDC:​

  • City of Ottawa (Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation); 
  • City of Guelph (Guelph Municipal Holdings Corporation – including a Community Energy Corporation, Guelph Hydro, and Community Development Corporation); 
  • City of Toronto (Build Toronto – Designed to enhance Toronto’s competitiveness);
  • City of North Bay (Invest North Bay – economic development);
  • Town of Innisfil (InnServices Utilities Inc. – delivery of water and wastewater services);
  • City of London (Housing Development Corporation).
  • Town of Welland (land development initiatives)​

MDC Documents

Business Case for a Municipal Development Corporation Draft (Almost There Inc.) - August 19, 2018

Shareholder Direction and Operating Agreement - May 7, 2018

Resolution 2018-226 - April 23, 2018

Transmittal Memo MBLDC - April 23, 2018

CAO-2018-07 MSDC Board of Directors - April 10, 2018

Waterfront Lands Master Plan

Municipal Comprehensive Review

Town of Midland Official Plan

Environmental Reports

Environmental Reports:

Reports have been prepared in accordance with provincial requirements, including O. Reg 153/04,  in support of the filing of a Record of Site Condition for the site.  These reports are highly technical in nature  and as such if you have any questions about the site conditions or characterization, please contact the Town with any questions.  Please be advised that there is the  potential that the reports may be updated as part of the Risk Assessment process and the Town's consultants may either issue a revised report or a supplemental report depending on the nature of additional information required by the MOE during the review of the Risk Assessment. 

Stantec Ltd. Supplemental Phase 2 Final

76105.001 - Phase Two Report - 288 and 420 Bayshore Dr., Midland, ON - FINAL

​76105.002 - Phase One ESA RSC - Report - 288 and 420 Bayshore Drive, Midland, ON - FINAL

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