Annual Chamber Mayor’s Dinner a Hit

Business  dinners are notoriously monotonous and unstimulating affairs as a rule. But if the last two Stouffville Chamber of Commerce events are any indication, there is a new buzz in the air as the Chamber starts to deliver some heavy hitter speakers that the community seems revved up to hear. Beginning with a sold-out breakfast with Ontario finance minister Peter Bethlenfalvy in late April and the most recent, a sold-out dinner event with Mayor Iain Lovatt at Station Creek Golf Club, business is lining up to get involved.

Lovatt, in what has become an annual address, delivered the expected, town update of development initiatives underway including a Mussleman’s Lake residential project, Main Street condominium builds from Topar and LivGreen and rendering of what will eventually become a dramatic update to the 10th line corridor that will contain residential and commercial spaces.

Executive Chamber Director Christian Buhagiar welcomes attendees to the annual Chamber Mayor’s Dinner.

Perhaps of most interest was a long-awaited update to the west gate of town where the site of the infamous Ringwood restaurant, now demolished, will soon give way to a new plaza from Flato Developments as surrounding lands will be filled with mixed residential offerings.

While commercial development has clearly been a focus of town council and something Lovatt explicitly noted while also giving props to town staff that has managed to cut application times significantly, he also emphasized that building housing, and in particular, affordable housing will be a key task council will address. That included an unapologetic promise to greenlight multi-unit builds such as three and four-plex projects that have been in media spotlights recently.

Either way, attendees left with a clear confidence that things were happening in Whitchurch-Stouffville and everyone seemed to be happy to be a part of it.

Other Chamber events will be announced soon.

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