General Motors Plant

After 18 months of due diligence and negotiation, BayShore purchased this facility November 4, 2014. The facility was a former General Motors drive train and tooling plant and had been in operation for over 100 years, until late 2010. The site sits on 54 acres in the middle of downtown St Catharines, Ontario and is comprised of multiple buildings covering 1.2 million square feet.
 
St. Catharines (2011 population 131,400; metropolitan population 392,184) is the largest city in Canada’s Niagara Region and the sixth largest urban area in Ontario, with 96.11 square kilometres of land. It lies in Southern Ontario, 51 kilometres (32 mi) south of Toronto across Lake Ontario, and is 19 kilometres (12 mi) inland from the international boundary with the United States along the Niagara River. It is the northern entrance of the Welland Canal.
 
St. Catharines is situated in an area for commerce and trade since it is located between the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Fort Erie – US Border. Manufacturing is the city’s dominant industry, as noted by the heraldic motto, “Industry and Liberality”. General Motors of Canada, Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of General Motors, was the city’s largest employer, a distinction now held by the District School Board of Niagara. In recent years employment has shifted from heavy industry and manufacturing to services.
 
St. Catharines is in the process of adding a GO Train station which would provide direct commuter rail access to downtown Toronto. This would help convert St Catharines from a “retirement” community to a “bedroom” community over the ensuing years as housing is affordable, education is excellent and the quality of life is exceptional.