An exciting opportunity currently exists, one that will not only help shape the core of downtown Simcoe but Norfolk County.

Norfolk is seeking proposals for the potential purchase, adaptive reuse, and (re)development of up to five riverfront parcels located on the eastern edge of downtown Simcoe on Pond Street and Argyle Street along the Lynn River. At its core, the land contains a large, 19th-century brick building that was once a manufacturing complex and previously the Adult Community Centre.

“Downtown Simcoe is poised to be a unique urban centre in southern Ontario” said Brandon Sloan, General Manager of Community Development for Norfolk County. “Character buildings and riverfront land is hard to find – especially in such close proximity to so many amenities.”

Before a decision is made on the disposition of the land, Norfolk County has issued an Expression of Interest to help look for development interests to invest in the betterment of the community.

Concepts to be submitted and considered will:

  • Be at the forefront of re-imagining Downtown Simcoe
  • Deliver much-needed business or housing options and a range of uses to help support the economic and socio-cultural fabric of the community
  • Retain public waterfront access and provide a memorable sense of place
  • Provide a landmark development project that fits into the character of the community
  • Take these sites at the location of the early formation of the town and help write the next chapter in the story and evolution of Simcoe

Norfolk has worked with Downtown Simcoe Business Improvement Area (BIA) representatives on a series of principles to help guide the future of the lands.

“The potential for this site to be a catalyst in the downtown area is incredible and with the BIA and local Chamber I know that we are looking forward to this future transformation”, states Ward 5 (Simcoe) Councillor Ryan Taylor.

Responses from experienced development interests to invest and provide their vision for re-imagining the site must be submitted by Oct. 5.  The next steps are intended to be considered in November and may involve different approaches to the ultimate sale of the land depending upon the Expression of Interest results.

Those interested can view the Expression of Interest and the associated bid documents.