A new waterfront development opportunity was announced in Ontario. The Niagara Parks Commission issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invest in the Niagara Parks Marina property at Miller’s Creek, 22 kilometres south of Horseshoe Falls in Fort Erie.
Both the marina and adjacent 26-hectare property are included in the site, described as a unique historic setting, surrounded by nature. Niagara Parks says the spot would appeal to vacationers, seasonal visitors, travelling public, local residents and boaters.
Avid boaters would be able to access and navigate hundreds of kilometres of lakes, rivers and canals in both Canada and the United States. Developers could also optimize tourism, recreation and the historical interpretation of the site.
“Niagara Parks is seeking a developer of international acclaim to design, build, finance and operate a new premier waterfront marina development, which captures the very essence of the cultural heritage and values of natural preservation that define and make Niagara Parks unique,” stated Niagara Parks Chair Janice Thomson. “Our vision for the Marina is to create an outstanding destination that is befitting of the Niagara Parkway, its historical river setting and the lands we are entrusted to protect.”
The development will be advanced under a performance-based long term lease. The successful proposal will demonstrate innovation, ecological sustainability, excellence in design, as well as demonstrate strong fiscal responsibility.
The submission period runs from March 2013 to June 30, 2017. Interested parties will find the RFP on the Biddingo procurement portal at: www.niagaraparks.com/marinaRFP.