BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF —
A free business networking event was held at the Markdale Golf and Curling Club on June 22 to bring together developers, members of Grey Highlands Council and mayor, and Economic Development staff from Grey County for networking opportunities. This event was organized by Kate Russell from the Municipality of Grey Highlands.
Steve Furness Senior Economic Development Manager at Grey County introduced Mayor Paul McQueen and told those in attendance about the increase in housing development over the last year.
Tom Allwood spoke about the housing development at the golf course with 55 townhouses planned and construction starting in the next few months.
We talked with Rob Adams CAO of Grey Highlands, who said "I think Grey Highlands is really excited about all the development taking place in our municipality. Overall building permits, not including all the developments that are happening, is up over 100 percent. Specifically on the five developments we have going on.
"We see about 800 to 1,000 homes being built over the next year or two so we are really, really excited about that," said Adams. "The place to grow development to the north end of the golf course which will take place over the next two or three years, that will be a longer term growth plan."
Chapman's is undergoing a 100,000 square foot expansion and will need more employees who will then need a place to live.
Ashley Chapman spoke about Chapman’s need for 140 full time employees once the expansion is finalized. Chapman’s has now just reached the 800 employee level. Single family homes, apartments and condos are important for their employees as they need housing.
"We have a new grocery store proposed for Sobeys, that new Foodland is about an 8 million dollar investment in a 32,000 sqare foot grocery store, similar to the one in Thornbury and Wiarton," said Chapman.
Downtown the old Foodtown building will be taken down for more parking with the municipality actively pursuing development for that property.
"With all this growth and development happening it supports a school being built, so we’re really excited about the new school that we’re putting an application for," said Adams.
The new school has not been approved yet by the province however the municipality is confident that it will be seen favourably.
Adams continued. "We are working on a community hub which is a really important thing for the province to consider and we’ve also backed it up with really good development information that the school board and the province didn’t have before, which really makes a case for the school."
People who are moving to the area first want to know where the nearest grocery store and school are located.
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