Town Refreshes Muskoka Regional Centre Talks With Province

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Open Dialogue Key to Strengthening Relationship and Meeting Goals
The Town of Gravenhurst is looking ahead to the new year optimistically and is hopeful that under the new Provincial Government there is a renewed opportunity to resume Muskoka Regional Centre (MRC)
redevelopment discussions, ultimately attracting a suitable developer to the property.
“We’re keeping a very positive outlook on this file,” said Mayor Paul Kelly. “I’m pleased to let the community know that we recently had the opportunity to speak with our new Provincial Government, reaffirm our interests and ask to see that negotiations return to the table, with the Town remaining an integral part of the conversation,” said Kelly. “In our meeting we highlighted the immense opportunity that exists, and our continued desire to work with the Province to find a suitable partner whom is respectful of our economic goals,” said Kelly.
On November 21st, a delegation from the Town, including Mayor (elect) Paul Kelly and Glen Davies, the Chief Administrative Officer met with three Parliamentary Ministers at Queens Park in Toronto facilitated by Norm Miller, Muskoka-Parry Sound Member of Parliament. Those additional Ministers in attendance included; Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. During the discussions they highlighted the (MRC) file and emphasized the Town’s objectives of bringing prosperity and employment to Gravenhurst. The talks included an emphasis on the original proposal submitted to Infrastructure Ontario and the continued interest of the joint venture in moving the project forward.
“We had a very constructive conversation with the Ministers in which we stated our case and they revealed more insight into where the file currently rests,” said Glen Davies. “What we’ve learned is that another interested party exists and that negotiations are ongoing exclusively with the Province. No further detail was provided. However, we are very pleased to hear that the Province fully understands our desire to ensure that any potential development should become an economic/employment driver for the Town.
“I believe this to be a positive step forward none the less,” said Mayor Kelly. “We’ve reaffirmed our position, helped to keep the Maple Leaf School proposal on the radar and strengthened our relationship with the Province and will
continue to do so in an effort to bring a mutually beneficial outcome. I’m confident that dialogue between the Province and our economic development team will continue to move forward,” said Mayor Kelly.

Photo Credit: Town of Gravenhurst

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