Di Gregorio Developments buys Thunder Bay Nation Membership property

The brand new house owners will take time to contemplate the best way to proceed with a stalled condominium mission on the golf course

THUNDER BAY — The golf course on the Thunder Bay Nation Membership will proceed to function whereas the brand new house owners of the property take time to judge their choices, particularly together with the way forward for an unfinished condominium mission.

Di Gregorio Developments Inc. has bought the positioning from the native house owners of two companies that held the titles to the golf course portion of the property and to the plot the place the condominium mission is situated.

One member of the possession group instructed TBnewswatch they could not wait any longer for the condos to be constructed.

The 109-unit improvement was began in 2012, however the mission skilled delays, modifications in contractors and altered schedules over the next decade, leaving basically solely the muse accomplished at this level.

Silvio Di Gregorio, president of Di Gregorio Developments, mentioned the muse will stay protected towards the weather as the corporate takes “the following yr or two to check out the entire mission and see what is sensible.”

The agency, he mentioned, has taken further measures to insulate it, seal it, and hold it watertight, so it stays match to be re-used from an engineering standpoint. 

In a Wednesday interview, Di Gregorio described the golf course as a beneficial asset situated in a superb a part of the town, however mentioned the agency intends to let the members of the TBCC proceed operating it for the foreseeable future.

“We’ve to have a look at the entire property and ‘grasp plan’ all of it with the intention of maintaining the golf course there in some format for a very long time, so long as the nation membership is able to proceed to run it,” he mentioned.

The Thunder Bay Nation Membership bought near 200 memberships final yr, and is at the moment promoting memberships for 2023.

President and Common Supervisor Joe Valente, who’s been in communication with Di Gregorio, mentioned it is reassuring to know the course will stay open for not less than the following few years.

Valente totally expects the brand new house owners will hold him apprised about their longer-range plans, however mentioned he will “wait to see” reasonably than speculate on what they could transform.

Developer Doug Coppin, who took over the condominium mission in 2017, declined to touch upon the sale, citing a confidentiality settlement with Di Gregorio.

In 2018, it was anticipated that the event can be completed by 2021, however that did not occur, and there was a brand new projection that development above the muse would resume no later than the spring of 2021 with an 18-to-24 month completion goal.

“The associated fee to assemble within the metropolis has gone by the roof,” Di Gregorio famous, talking on the whole phrases. “Chances are you’ll begin a mission, and the fee might look very cheap, however while you really go to do it, the prices are out of line they usually do not make sense. We’re discovering that in lots of initiatives now, the place the prices are coming method over funds.”

That is the second golf course acquisition the corporate has made in Thunder Bay.

In 2014, it bought the Municipal Golf Course on Rosslyn Street from the Metropolis of Thunder Bay, the yr after it was completely closed by the town.

The plan to develop it as resort-style lodging for short-to-medium-stay friends, and a seniors neighborhood with a three-hole golf course, has but to be applied.

Di Gregorio mentioned the corporate wants approval from the province to vary the property’s present designated use as parkland, however so far has not obtained permission.

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