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Updated! Midland Bay Landing Development Status

Updated! Midland Bay Landing Development Status

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03NOV2015 – Councillor Cody Oschefski was asked about this story and took it upon himself to seek answers from the Town of Midland.  He was able to produce a document that explains the status of the project and, with his permission, we have published it here.  We thank Councillor Oschefski for providing this update and hope that the information flow surrounding this project will be more liberally provided.  The attachment is below.


Original Article:

The Town of Midland has been eerily silent as of late about the Midland Bay Landing development.   After awarding a multi-million dollar contract to Consar Building Corporation early this year, the open-ended MOU (no start or end dates) called for site remediation to begin at the expense of the developer.  A grant was actually turned down by the Town of Midland that would have seen the project funded and implemented by now.

Ken Michaud, the developer, has a dubious track record and a criminal conviction for fraud in relation to failed waterfront development, but Mayor McKay was not worried when he found out… he re-assured Midland residents that he was fine with this developer and that ‘we are all not lily white’.  Read his comments here.

As part of the MOU, Consar has agreed to:

  • remediate the lands at their cost (estimated at $600,000)
  • repay the town for the initial purchase of the lands ($3.4 million)
  • construct all the public elements on the property ($11.6 million)

In return, the town will sell the developer the remainder of the land and waive about $6 million in development charges and permit fees for Mountain Ridge’s / Consar planned residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

McKay stated “The company will remediate the waterfront lands at their cost, which is estimated at $600,000.As well, it will repay the town for the initial, $3.4-million purchase of the property and build all the public elements on the land at a cost of $11.6 million.”

Michaud’s financial backers, China-based Yifeng Group are reported to have pulled out and cite financial liquidity issues.   Why is the Town not commenting; they should have been the first people that we should have heard this from.

Where does this leave us?  We see that the town has applied for land transfer variances for the whole former Unimin property and adjoining parkland and has posted a cryptic legal notice (only what is required) in the paper that invites interested citizens to attend HGR law firm and review the documents and find out what the proposal is.

Is Consar shopping for new financial backers (since presumably they lack the funds to meet the MOU obligations on their own), are we going to find them in default of the MOU and put it out for RFP again?  Is the Town going to put aside any ‘face-saving’ and tell us the truth about what is happening and what the plans are?

Instead, no press releases, no web updates, nothing on their facebook page… just the same empty space we started up with this year and nothing to show for it except our monthly loan payments for the land acquisition and a ‘letter of credit’ from Ken Michaud that may not be worth the paper it is written on.

We expect FAR more transparency and clarity from the Town of Midland about the largest development project in our history.  When they fail to keep us all up-to-date it only feeds the notion that they have something to hide, a theory widely held by many who skeptically see the awarding of this contract to the one and only RFP they considered as a dubious business venture.

Here are some supporting documents that may interest you.  Once again, you may want to reach out to your elected officials and ask them to set the record straight and open up the communications with the town’s residents.

With so many major issues at play simultaneously, average Midlanders could easily be forgiven for not knowing which hand to watch with this many balls in the air…  We are watching and reporting back to you, but nothing will change until you start asking questions and join us in holding Council accountable and demanding more transparency in Municipal affairs.

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  1. I’m really losing all confidence in the Mayor’s ability to lead this council and make decisions on OUR behalf!

    1. Last I heard the developer gave the town a credit note. Which the town has on file is my understanding. I’m I correct with this assessment of the situation Cody?

    2. I have an update from the municipality dated Oct 1 that I just found. Would you like me to send it to you so you have all of the facts?

    3. No problem. Because it was addressed to me i have to ask permission to share. I emailed asking the senders permission :).

    4. I like to have pertinent facts instead of conjecture. Appreciate your clarification of items being discussed!

  2. ………..and this is a surprise to most? The writing was on the wall from day one with this; but when expressing negative opinions, many will be accused of being meanies. The fact that China had a high stake in this raised the alarm for me from the get-go; but I thought no, I’m being short sighted. We shall wait & see what happens. Sigh………….

  3. Cody Oschefski. IS DOING NOTHING MORE THAN GRAND STANDING. I AM THE ONE MENTIONED THROUGHOUT THESE ARTICLES.

    LET ME FIRST SAY THAT CODY SHOULD RETIRE FROM WHATEVER IT IS HE THINKS HE DOES FOR A LIVING, BECASUE MUCH OF THE INFORMATION HE IS, AND HAS BEEN PROVIDING TO THE PUBLIC, HAS DAMAGING ERRORS, MANY INCONSISTENCIES, AND JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLY ARE JUST LIES, WHICH ARE LIKELY MOTIVATED FROM HIS OWN GREED TO ACHIEVE FUTURE RECOGNITION.

    LET ME FIRST SAY THAT A MAJOR ERROR IS TO DO WITH THE SO CALLED WHAT HE REFERS TO AS WORTHLESS LETTER OF CREDIT. CODY!!!, THERE IS NO LETTER OF CREDIT ISSUED FROM THE DEVELOPER. WHAT WAS ISSUED FROM THE DEVELOPER, WAS A CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT FOR THE INITIAL SECURITY DEPOSIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $250,000.00. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CHECK THE VALIDITY OF THAT COMMENT., THEN WHEN YOU DO, QUIT YOUR JOB, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT IT!!!!

    HOW MANY MORE LIES HE HAS TOLD IN ORDER TO SMEAR THE GOOD NAMES AND REPUTATIONS OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED VERY HARD IN ORDER TO GET THE PROJECT TO WHERE IT IS. I WLL BE FOLLOWING UP ON THIS MESSAGE WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER FACTS!!!!, NOT LIES!!!!!! THAT SHOULD AND HOPEFULLY FORCE, Cody Oschefski TO TELL THE TRUTH AND GET HIS FACTS STRAIGHT, PERHAPS THE GUY WHO IS DOING ALL OF THE DAMAGE HERE, MAY WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO THE PUBLIC FOR LEADING THEM IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

    Cody Oschefski.YOU SHOULD TRULY BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF TO HAVE HAD THE NERVE TO SMEAR AND DAMAGE MANY EARNED A DESERVING HIGHLY REGARDED REPUTATIONS OF PEOPLE, AND NOT EVEN HAVE THE FACTS STRAIGHT WHEN DOING SO. DOEST THAT BECOME AN EXPENSIVE THING TO DO WHEN SOMEONE IS LIKELY GOING TO BITE BACK.DONT WORRY, WE WILL MAKE SURE TO KEEP ALL YOUR READERS POSTED WHEN YOU ARE IN COURT TRYING TO PRESERVE YOUR NET WORTH FROM DISSAPEARING.

  4. Ken I know you’re upset about this but slow down turbo. Did you even consider the fact that Cody may not have had all the information either? He’s way more in the loop than I am but it is possible he doesn’t have all the details. So before you berate him maybe talk to him and find out all of the information first. He may have been misinformed and you went up one side and down the other of him on a public platform. That’s not very businesslike if you ask me. This is something that probably should have been discussed between the two of you instead of making this a public spectacle. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I think you should do your homework before calling someone out like this. Then again this is only in my humble opinion. So take it or leave it but you need to allow Cody to explain himself before going off half caulked on him.

  5. It turns out that Ken Michaud thinks that Cody authored this post (from reading his comment). While I don’t quite understand how he draws that conclusion, he remains fixated and very upset about Cody’s references to the letter or credit that Ken maintains does not exist. So in fairness to Councillor Cody Oschefski and anyone else who is still following this old article, we wrote the article, Cody and many others commented on it, Cody may have mis-spoken but it’s not worth the beating he has taken from Ken, and the fact remains that this project has gone nowhere yet. We offered to print Ken Michaud’s side of this affair and give him a forum, he has refused that offer in a string of emails that we won’t publish as they don’t meet our guidelines. I hope this clears up some of this drama and truly hope that Ken Michaud / Consar can get this project moving forward so we have some positive things to post about MBL in the days to come.

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