Awards cel­e­brate ‘great de­vel­op­ments’

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS - MONTE SONNENBERG Mson­nen­berg@post­media.com

Nor­folk County hon­oured busi­nesses, de­vel­op­ers and their con­struc­tion teams this week for go­ing above and be­yond in 2018.

Nor­folk’s an­nual Site Plan Awards is an oc­ca­sion to rec­og­nize in­di­vid­u­als who go that ex­tra mile to im­prove the county with their in­vest­ments.

Five projects were cel­e­brated Thurs­day night at the Nor­folk Arts Cen­tre in Sim­coe.

“To date in 2018 there have been 20 site-plan ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted,” Pam Dues­ling, Nor­folk’s gen­eral man­ager of devel­op­ment and cul­tural ser­vices, said.

“The plan­ning depart­ment or­ga­nizes this event to cel­e­brate the top five de­vel­op­ments that go above and be­yond in de­sign, in­clud­ing park­ing, traf­fic, green space, light­ing, buffer­ing and so on. The Site Plan Awards al­low Nor­folk County an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the great de­vel­op­ments that we are all so proud of. Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Nor­folk County de­vel­op­ers on a job well done.”

The de­vel­op­ments rec­og­nized in­clude the three new stores un­der con­struc­tion at the Wal­mart prop­erty in Sim­coe, the RT Res­pi­ra­tory Ser­vices of­fice in Sim­coe, The Good Bread Com­pany ex­pan­sion in Vit­to­ria, the ex­pan­sion of Townsend Butch­ers on Four­teenth Street East in Sim­coe, and the Ayanda Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana fa­cil­ity on Bur­ford-delhi Town­line Road in the north end of the county.

Nor­folk plan­ning staff praised the spon­sors of th­ese de­vel­op­ments and spoke briefly about what made them spe­cial.

Prin­ci­pal plan­ner Shan­non Van­dalen cited the two new com­mer­cial cen­tres at Wal­mart be­cause of the ef­fort Smart Cen­tres – Wal­mart’s real es­tate divi­sion – has put into land­scap­ing and at­trac­tive fa­cades.

Van­dalen said at­ten­tion to de­tail is im­por­tant for new de­vel­op­ments that sit at a gate­way en­trance to a com­mu­nity. She de­scribed the re­tail cen­tre tak­ing shape at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ire­land Road as “the per­fect gate­way prop­erty.”

Prin­ci­pal plan­ner Mat Vaughan praised the new RT Res­pi­ra­tory of­fice on Park Road in Sim­coe for its at­trac­tive ap­pear­ance, abun­dant park­ing, and at­ten­tion to de­tail. The lat­ter in­cludes the cre­ation of an out-of-the-way stor­age area in back for snow plowed off the park­ing lot.

“It’s some­thing we can look at as we pass by and be re­ally proud of,” Vaughan said.

Se­nior plan­ner Kayla Del­eye said the Miedema fam­ily at Townsend Butch­ers was a pic­ture of per­sis­tence as they bat­tled through the mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial reg­u­la­tions that at­tend a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of a meat­pack­ing and pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

“They’re smil­ing now,” Del­eye said. “But they had a num­ber of chal­lenges to over­come when ex­pand­ing an abat­toir. But the end re­sult is re­ally fan­tas­tic. I went on a tour to­day and it is amaz­ing.”

The Good Bread Com­pany was praised for re-pur­pos­ing a his­toric church in Vit­to­ria into a bak­ery. Se­nior plan­ner Alisha Cull told the crowd that the new and im­proved fa­cil­ity will open to the pub­lic shortly.

As for the Ayanda mar­i­juana fa­cil­ity north of Delhi, plan­ner Steve Col­lyer said the com­pany nailed the lay­out and de­sign. He added that the fa­cil­ity could serve as a tem­plate for any com­pany wish­ing to ven­ture into the new and emerg­ing field of cannabis pro­cess­ing.

MONTE SONNENBERG / SIM­COE RE­FORMER

Smart Cen­tres — the real es­tate divi­sion of Wal­mart Canada — is build­ing new com­mer­cial store­fronts on the Queensway East in Sim­coe for a fast food out­let, a childâäôs wear stor, and a pet store. Nor­folkâäôs plan­ning depart­ment rec­og­nized Smart Cen­tres and four other de­vel­op­ments for good de­sign and at­ten­tion to de­tail at its an­nual Site Plan Awards event in Sim­coe Thurs­day. Pre­sent­ing Smart Cen­tres devel­op­ment as­so­ciate Aneesa Ba­jwa, left, with a crys­tal mantle­piece is Nor­folk prin­ci­pal plan­ner Shan­non Van­dalen.

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