TOWN OF NEWMARKET
The Town of Newmarket awarded Denison Child Care the rights to lease the heritage Stickwood Walker farmhouse and a portion of the property adjacent to the house on Mulock Drive (605 Fernbank Rd.) for use as a child care centre. This lease was executed through a Request for Proposal (RFP) and officially begins on June 1, 2019.
As part of the of the RFP, it has been proposed that the Stickwood Walker farmhouse will be re-purposed for administrative and public uses. The farmhouse will be used to display historical photographs and artifacts about the property.
In keeping with the house’s heritage designation, all exterior historical aspects of the farmhouse will be preserved.
Denison Child Care is also proposing to construct a 5,000-square-foot building that is separate from the farmhouse to be used as a child care centre. This addition is proposed to be immediately northwest of the existing farmhouse with construction expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.
“The Town of Newmarket is excited to partner with Denison Child Care to re-purpose the Stickwood Walker property and transform it into a much needed child care centre,” says Mayor John Taylor. “This is a great opportunity and compelling business proposition for the Town to re-introduce this historical building back to community use, while securing the facilities and lands back to the Town after the lease is complete.”
This project will primarily be funded by the non-profit Denison Child Care through a $2-million grant, as part of the Community-Based Early Years and Child Care Capital Funding (CBCP) program from York Region and the Province of Ontario.
A public meeting to consider the additional uses, and to provide feedback on the property, is set to take place on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Dr.).
For more information, please call the Town of Newmarket at 905-895-5193 or email [email protected]