Plans for a seven-storey mixed-use condo development in Muskoka Bay are being panned by the Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA).
In a recent letter to Gravenhurst council, the MLA said the development raises serious concerns from both a planning, development and environmental perspective.
“The proposed development does not compliment, support or enhance the original objectives of the Muskoka Wharf development,” said Susan Eplett, the chair of the MLA’s government and land use committee in the letter.
The project is slated to be built directly beside the steamships and include room for some 130 residential units, along with commercial space, a sixth-floor swimming pool, and it will be connected to the existing boardwalk along the bay. There are also plans to construct an art gallery and a boathouse on the water.
The MLA letter goes on to state that the proposed Cherokee Lane development does not comply with the recent Muskoka Wharf Revitalisation Plan, detracts from the steamship operations, and urbanizes or obliterates the last natural shoreline in the bay.
The Rosseau Group, the investment firm behind the project, held a virtual open house during the summer to outline their plans for the property.
Scott Moffat of the Rosseau Group said the development will help strengthen the Muskoka Wharf’s position as a year-round commercial anchor for the Town. They also hope to attract events and increase the connection between the Wharf and the broader Gravenhurst community.
The project is still in the planning phase with a tentative opening set for spring of 2025.
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