The Town of Amherstburg is looking for a private investor to restore the historic Belle Vue property and dream big when it comes to developing the 9-acre property on which it sits.
“Belle Vue is primed and ready for a visionary developer to bring forth a transformative project that showcases creativity, innovation, and a deep respect for our community’s heritage,” said a release announcing the Town was inviting expressions of interest for the property. “Belle Vue’s expansive grounds provide an exceptional canvas for development, offering endless possibilities for a lucrative venture that blends the preservation of history with contemporary design and functionality.”
The Town purchased the property in 2016, including Belle Vue, which is a National Historic Site and known for its Palladian-style architecture. The cost to renovate the building, however, is significant, so the Town has launched a competitive process to find an investor who can restore the house and develop the property through a mutually beneficial partnership.
“The restoration of a National Historic Site poised on 9 acres, just minutes from walkable historic downtown Amherstburg is teeming with possibilities,” say a post about the process on Talk the Burg. “What is your vision? Spa and gardens or vineyard? Conference and wedding centre? Resort & tea house or perhaps a mixed space of residential and tourism-driven amenities. Do you have the vision to make this property a world-class destination? We want to hear from you!”
Interested parties are encouraged to consider the Town’s new Economic Development Community Improvement Plan when considering proposals. The plan provides the opportunity for incentives, like tax rebates and the waiving of development charges, for projects that reach certain thresholds in terms of value and the number of jobs created.
“Amherstburg is eager to foster a partnership that aligns our Town’s aspirations with the ambitions of a developer who can realize the true potential of Belle Vue,” said Melissa Osborne, the Town’s Deputy CAO and Director of Development Services. “We invite forward-thinking individuals and organizations to join us on this exciting journey, creating a development that enhances its value as a destination for residents and tourists alike.”
Interested parties have until August 16 to submit a proposal. After a thorough evaluation process, a shortlist of applicants will be selected to proceed to the next stage.
“The chosen developer will have the unique opportunity to collaborate closely with the town, fostering a partnership that will pave the way for a lucrative and awe-inspiring development,” said the Town’s release.