Free site open in booming town

Free to a good campus: A chunk of Canada’s new boom town.


Bustling Milton on the GTA’s western front may have the fastest growing population in the country and a business boom to match, but there’s one thing it hasn’t got that it wants very badly. A wing of the Ivory Tower.


It’s offering a $3.5 million parcel of land by the main drag, just steps from the GO Train station, free to the first college or university to bite.


The timing couldn’t be better, after Toronto university presidents warned this week a surprise surge in enrollment could bring 40,000 more students to GTA colleges and universities in the next 15 years — sparking talk of a possible new GTA campus.


“The way we’re growing — and the way the GTA is growing — this could be the most sensible location for a new campus,” said Mario Belvedere, Milton’s chief administrative officer, who calls the site “gorgeous.”