Eco-friendly industrial subdivision will create hundreds of construction jobs


A groundbreaking at 80 Big Bay Point Rd. in Barrie launched construction on a new subdivision of eco-friendly industrial buildings.

“We haven’t seen a new subdivision like this in Barrie for almost 20 years, and it’s required. There’s been a lack of industrial lands and buildings available for local businesses and for businesses that want to grow outside and bring their businesses to Barrie,” said TJ Rinomato, co-founder of Rinomato Group of Companies.

Bayview Point Commercial Centre, will provide 38 acres of general industrial space and buildings starting at 3,000 sq. feet. In all, more than a million square feet of space will be developed.

“There’s going to be manufacturing of all different types of materials, both construction related, materials and everything from cosmetics to clothing wear and tech jobs are going to be created here,” said Rinomato.

Pre-construction alone created almost 250 jobs, with hundreds more on the way.

“Once we get our building permits for the undergrounds and get going, we’ll employ over 500 construction jobs to start. Building the actual buildings, we’ll employ over 1,500 construction jobs, and then once the buildings are done, a minimum of 1,500 jobs will be created in the subdivision,” said Rinomato.

Asphalt is expected to be down by November, and construction will be completed by the end of 2024.

“This development will not only create hundreds of jobs for Barrie residents, but also limit the number of cars driving up the 400 highway every day,” said Mayor Alex Nuttall. “We’re excited to be working with TONLU Properties and look forward to further reducing red tape on employment land projects to fast-track jobs in Barrie.”

“Today’s announcement solidifies our commitment to subdivide and bring municipal services to a 38-acre industrial zoned business park, consisting of 25 industrial lots,” said TJ Rinomato, founder of Tonlu Properties.