Silversmith Estates has announced some major changes that will be happening to the Regional Municipality of Manitou just before its' tiers come due on April 4, 2018. The RP parent company is the owner of Manitou Tourism, the RP management company for the Manitou regions located on the Great Canadian Grid.
The plan will begin in early March 2018 with completion expected in the final week of that month. We have included most of the main highlights of the new development plan for your information in this article.
First, the cancellation of Meaford, Massey, Minesing and Mud River regions, effective April 3, 2018. The shops and services currently situated on the commercial region of Meaford will merge into another region. This will cost the community of Manitou approximately thirty-five thousand prims.
The memorial park region of Minesing will be discontinued after two years in operation, however, active members will be offered an alternative location to place memorials in the new development. The nuclear plant on Mud River will be gone, along with the community centre and RP medical centre. The new town will rely on solar and wind power for their electrical infrastructure needs.
"I looked at the overall costs to maintain this very large community and it worked out to about $ 38 a month Canadian but with the changes that amount will drop to about $ 20 a month" said Winter Silversmith, CEO Silversmith Estates. There was consideration to keep four of the fifteen thousand prim regions, however, and this is still an option. These four would be Manitou, Midland, Meaford and Massey, at a cost of $23 a month, as they are all the original $5 region prices offered by GCG a couple years ago. "I like the names of the four I have chosen to stay" said Winter "and the fact that Mattawa Bay is only a scenic region is not a big deal when it comes to the lost of prims. We will have more than enough room to build on the other three regions to meet the needs of our little roleplay town".
Second, the complete terraforming of Manitou, Midland, Muskoka and Mattawa Bay regions virtually from the ground up. The community will "scale back" from its role of a regional municipality to that of a small town and that will be reflected in how the new community is laid out.
"Manitou will become an industrial park complete with RP buildings, streets and services. Midland will have RP shops and services. The merchants that were chosen following the recent remodelling will be given special reserve in the new development, and, like now, will be the only merchants not owned by Manitou Tourism. Muskoka will be residential with approximately eight tiny homes available, including mine."
The community of Manitou became the first in the Great Canadian Grid to rent out "tiny homes" developed by Genavieve Page of SunKissed Creations on Kitely Marketplace.
Seven current residents have been chosen and given special reserve however their identities will not be announced for privacy reasons. Each resident on the list will be contacted in early 2018 and given the opportunity to accept or decline the move into a home in the new community. Last but not least, Mattawa Bay, will remain as a scenic recreational region and a backdrop to the residential region of Muskoka", Winter Silversmith described the plans displayed at a special meeting this evening with municipal council.
"I think the thing that might bother people the most is the decline in house footprint size. I know that not everyone on the list will want to move into a tiny home, and that is quite alright, but those who do will have a decent sized parcel plus one thousand personal prims to decorate with the same as they do now" Winter described some of the covenant changes. "Residents and merchants chosen for the new development will not have to pay monthly tiers. Rent will be free of charge as a thank you for their continued dedication to our community" Winter said.
The project looked at everything from tiny homes, to mixed residential, to allowing residents to set up their own buildings. "Part of the appeal of the new design will give the new Manitou more of a cottage community aesthetic while still maintaining its' town feeling of urban development" Winter explained.
The downtown district will be scaled back in size of storefronts. The large office of the Corran Journal will be scaled back to one the size of Chinook (the newest addition to downtown Chinook is a great 'clothing and more' store). There will be one police station, one fire station, a pharmacy and clinic, a bus terminal and a few other stores to be determined at a date closer to renewal.
The community will be designed as a 'land locked' town, there will be a river but it will only allow for the traversing of small watercraft and sailboats between the residential and recreational regions. "The roleplay of the community will continue to reflect a town located in Alberta, Canada" said Winter "I invested a lot of RL money into trees and shrubs that are suited to the western Canada landscape and I am not about to change that any time soon. It does not make sense to spend more money when I am trying to save money with this new project".
In the meantime, the Regional Municipality of Manitou and its' eight regions continue to be a thriving roleplay community that is open to residents and visitors.
The approximate timeline of "Project Little Manitou" is as follows:
January 2018 - further stories in this publication including the new layout maps and plans for the chosen regions.
February 2018 - residential residents and commercial renters will be contacted only if their name appears on the "special reserve" listing.
March 2018 - resources on all regions will be returned to inventory over one week as we prepare for the termination of four regions.
mid-March 2018 - the four regions selected to remain will be terraformed according to the new development plan, the other regions will be levelled flat in preparation for removal.
end-March 2018 - residents and merchants chosen, who have accepted the terms of the new covenants and rental options, will be allowed to return to the community.
April 4, 2018 - region tiers renewal (hopefully for one year pre-paid but that is up to the RL situation at the time, otherwise it will be monthly).
Light rail service has now arrived in Manitou, GCG with the construction on a new sky platform that extends through four regions including Mud River, Minesing, Massey and Meaford. A new transit station is being constructed in the North Promenade of Meaford, GCG on the site of the former ART WALL. The new rail service is RP only and non-functioning (for now).
The construction of the new rail system complies with the emergency response plans for the nuclear facility in Mud River, GCG announced last month. The passenger train lines will transport evacuated persons from northern regions to downtown Meaford, GCG to transfer over to buses to continue the journey south away from the city.
Under regular service the new passenger rail system will bring visitors from interconnected RP cities including Edmonton, Red Deer, and Banff, Alberta to the Manitou, GCG area in RolePlay activities. The network comes at a cost of approximately fifteen hundred prims and is expected to take another week to complete.
On behalf of myself, Sabrina and the real life Independents, we want to thank each and every one of you that attended and donated to our fundraiser. We are so happy to announce we raised MC$ 16,756. At the time of writing this (Saturday, August 12th), that amounts to just under one hundred Real Life Canadian Dollars!
A very special Thank You to Stassi Susanti and Lee Woods for all their continued support and hard work they put in to helping us with the very worthwhile causes we raise money for. We are very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you all again for all your generous donations.
Our next fundraiser is going be a tribute to ZZ Top. All proceeds are going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
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"The Regional Municipality of Manitou has had slow but steady growth during the past six months and I decided it was time for us to revamp our advertising for the city" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism. "The first thing was to come out with new slogans to promote us grid-wide. These will replace our popular 'Less Lag More Living' one we have used for the last year".
The city has come out with two new slogans which will be displayed on promotional displays and signage throughout the Great Canadian Grid. Mr. Silversmith continued "The first, 'Where Avatars Are The Key' lends to the importance of avatars in the vibrant life and creativity of our community. To unlock all of the great places, services, merchant kiosks and stories of our little city avatars play a key role".
The next slogan refers to our extensive and continuously expanding roleplay history, Mr. Silversmith explains it more. "As part of the roleplay in Manitou I have written a sort of history book on how the various districts and services came about in the community. You can read about all of this on our Manitou Tourism website. It helps to add realism to my roleplay stories on Manitou by giving some of them a history to build from. I believe this is, at least until people read this article, unique to the Great Canadian Grid and we would like people to know that Manitou is more than just pixels on a screen but instead a living vibrant community with history, albeit a fictional one".
The new kiosks are designed to provide information and freebies to newcomers. "In the continued spirit of community and giving I wanted the new 'welcome wagon' kiosks to offer not only Manitou but helpful GCG landmarks and group information too. I have added some freebie furniture and things that can help newcomers to feel a bit more welcome in our grid" Mr. Silversmith said.
"The thing I have always loved about the Great Canadian Grid is you do not need the title of 'mentor' or 'helper' or whatever fancy egotistical name people think they need floating above their pixel heads to be a kind neighbour. True Canadians are not about the 'title' they are given but rather their spirit of community and sharing. I would never accept the 'title' given to me as the only reason to give new people helpful information like landmarks, group invites or freebies. Kindness is not measured by the hours between time card punches" Winter explained.
Winter continues, "you will never see Roddie Macchi, for example, storming around the grid and chat shouting 'I am the Grid Owner bow down to me for only I can give you everything you must have to live here!' the thought of it is so freaking hilarious because it is just not the spirit we have grown in GCG and certainly not how I know my friend Roddie to be. When someone asks for help in the Grid Chat it is the way of GCG'ers to do whatever is reasonable to help them. Simple as that, if anyone tells you differently they do not 'get' what GCG is all about".
The new kiosks have already been set up at GCG Marketplace II and the Meaford Market Mall, Meaford, GCG. The plan is to offer these kiosks at any location where Manitou can promote itself for little or no cost. Anyone who would like to promote Manitou and can provide affordable or free space for one of their new 148 prim kiosks please let Winter know.
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