Beach Drive in Wasaga Beach is under sand again this year and closed to traffic as strip revitalization plans draw closer.
On Thursday, Wasaga Beach council decided to officially declare portions of the beachfront surplus, making way for a developer.
The city says it is currently negotiating with a developer, but so far no agreement.
Over the next few weeks, city general manager George Vadeboncoeur said they will begin demolishing several buildings in block one of the potential five-block project.
“As part of the preparations for the development, the council adopted official plan policies and design guidelines providing for retail on the ground floor and residences on the upper floor.”
The city also has plans for the road that once separated the water and the strip.
The redeveloped promenade will include space for events such as car shows and vendors, with work expected to begin as early as the fall.
The Town of Wasaga Beach is looking to sell portions of its beachfront property to a developer. (Design: Town of Wasaga Beach)
“It’s going to be redone. There won’t be a road as such. It’s going to be a cycle-oriented pedestrian road with enough width to accommodate vehicles but it will be for emergencies, or if we want to organize events. “
Demolition of the first block is expected to begin soon, and once complete, the property will be cleared by the end of June, according to the city.
The city says fencing will surround the perimeter of the demolition, work will not impact the beach, and events will continue as planned.