Developer eying Beaverton area for ‘master-planned community’

The sale of two small parcels of municipal land along Highway 12 could pave the way to a “master-planned community” in the Beaverton area within the next decade.

Brock Township council hosted a public meeting on the potential sale of the properties, which are associated with the former rail line and known as sight triangles, on Monday (Aug. 26) night.

While the session concluded in a matter of minutes, with only one resident in attendance, the developer was more than happy to share a vision for the project in an interview following the meeting.

“We’re trying to put up some commercial properties, along with a retirement home and some independent-living residences,” said Frank Mazzotta, president of Armour Heights Developments.

“We’re hoping for a master-planned community in the next 10 years.”

The commercial development will likely be a blend of restaurants and retail outlets, with some companies having expressed an interest already.

“We have had some interest but haven’t put pen to paper yet,” Mazzotta said.

While the commercial aspect had been discussed when sale of the properties was first broached back in March, he noted that housing for seniors was a prevalent issue in the area.

“It’s needed up here,” he said.

The public meeting was the first formal step in the sale process, which requires the municipality to pass a bylaw deeming the properties surplus.

Cannington resident Olga Kuzmuch was the lone resident in attendance and urged council to sell the land, which is 1.82 acres in size, at a fair market value.

“I’m thinking that land is worth a lot of money. Don’t give it away,” she said.

“We don’t intend to,” replied Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden.

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