Exciting Waterfront Development Moves Forward

Posted On Thursday November 19, 2020

- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

EXCITING NEW WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT

November 19, 2020 - On November 16th, Grimsby Council endorsed Committee of Whole’s recommendation who voted unanimously to approve a key next step in an exciting new development at the former Fifth Wheel Truck Stop site at Casablanca Boulevard. This development will include the continuation of the waterfront trail and the creation of state-of-the-art park amenities. This thoughtful plan transitions the site from a truck stop, gas bar and car wash to a fully animated waterfront community with public spaces, and transforming underutilized waterfront lands into a community amenity while providing much needed housing for our growing region. 

Consideration of the Losani Homes application was undertaken through a Council initiated, rigorous due diligence and peer review process in order to ensure that community input into opportunities to optimize parking, greenspaces, office and  restaurant concepts and height were all considered in the best of interest of residents.

The plan includes 33 waterfront townhomes and 6 buildings that will be 12, 14, 14, 14, 18 and 22 stories high, respectively. They will contain approximately 1,254 suites with panoramic waterfront or escarpment views. At lower levels, restaurants, retail and office space will help to create a liveable and walkable community that celebrates the waterfront as its heart, only a short walk away from the planned Casablanca GO train station.

The bulk of the height of the development will be stepped back towards the QEW to preserve as much greenspace as possible along the waterfront.  The public open spaces will provide direct access to the Lakefront beach for all Grimsby residents. The plan also offers generous view corridors, a publicly accessible corridor and other community amenities.

Town staff have and continue to work to conceptualize the waterfront park and will be reaching out to the community for their input.  Public engagement will be a key component to the delivery of the park and additional community benefits which will also be an outcome of this project.

“We’ve been building communities within Grimsby for over 20 years, and working collaboratively with Town and the Regional staff on this project for five years now” says Fred Losani, CEO of Losani Homes. 

“We are very pleased to see our efforts coming to fruition.  This project will be a phenomenal place for people to live, work and play in a complete community that combines unobstructed views of both Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment with the practicality of easy access to the Queen Elizabeth Way and GO Transit” says Losani. 

“This exciting and transformational proposal for the former Fifth Wheel Truck Stop accomplishes many of this Council’s priorities for responsible development, greenspace, waterfront amenities, environmental benefits, economic development and host of other benefits that the community will enjoy. We look forward to completing this exciting greenspace for our community” says Mayor Jeff Jordan.

Next steps include the fulfilment of the conditions related to the project as well as the submission of detailed design drawings and the site plan application which will be brought back to Council for approval. 

For more information, please contact;

Harry Schlange, CAO
Town of Grimsby
P: 905-309-2070
E: hschlange@grimsby.ca

William Liske
Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer
Losani Homes
P: +1 (905) 643-6113
E: wLiske@losanihomes.com  

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