A ground breaking ceremony was held this morning in Ajax to mark the next step of a 300 million dollar project. Joe Scarpelli has the story.
This property in the Harwood and Bayly Street area used to be owned by a developer that apparently didn’t see eye to eye with Ajax Mayor Steve Parish and council.
“Really did not share our vision of where our community should go.”
About fifteen years ago the town adopted some new policies which allowed them have power of expropriation.
“That allowed us to be very proactive in bringing about our vision for our downtown.”
Fast forward a few years.
“It’s Durham Regions largest mixed use development in its history.”
That’s Howard Pasaowitz from Medallion Corporation. The company has teamed up with the town to build a 300 million dollar mixed-use development which will become a gateway into downtown Ajax. The corner, dubbed Pat Bayly square, will pay tribute to the town’s history and include public activities and attractions.
“It’s part of building an innovative, creative, job intensive, pedestrian friendly downtown. That is where we need to go in the future.”
Currently building A is 15 storeys high. On Tuesday the ground was broke to mark the next step in construction, a 25 storey Tower B.
“This project is a prime example of how the public sector, local government, the private sector and a good developer can work together with the right programs that makes exciting things happen.”
“To be part of a project like this that is so significant to the gateway to downtown Ajax that aligns our vision perfectly with that of the Town of Ajax and the mayor and councillors and staff….it’s actually pretty momentous.”
Occupancy for Tower A is next summer and winter 2018 for Tower B.