Words by Don McVie
Over the past four years, Spirit of the City has provided readers with information, insights and backstories about various development and redevelopment projects in and around Mississauga. Sometimes we have shared sponsored content, and other times we have engaged in our editorial predilection for energetic discussion about change in our communities.
People often ask us, “What happened with X project?” Sometimes there is good news, such as, “It’s complete and people are moving in,” but too frequently, we must report that things are bogged down in red tape and delays.
Our development Progress Reports will attempt to share relevant information we feel the public will want to know and track, concerning the planning and development process. Please feel free to share your own views or information with us as we build this file going forward.
The District at Lakeview: Trinity Development Group
501 Lakeshore Road East
Renewing the contaminated former Admiral Appliance Factory site, this proposed gateway development anchors the very west end of the Lakeview District and near-east limit of Port Credit. It’s a contextual mix of “main street” urban retail and office, residential and green spaces. It offers a two-storey village-style streetscape on Lakeshore Road, including active retail uses with a high-density residential area behind it, closer to Cooksville Creek.
Size/Scope of Redevelopment
Initially opposed by some residents and then undermined when the Region of Peel expropriated a significant portion of the Lakeshore frontage, this project is back on track. The Region and the Applicant have agreed to a mid-site location for the new Beechwood pumping station, and excavation for a temporary station is underway.
Presently, old buildings are being demolished and floodplain restoration along the adjacent Cooksville Creek is ongoing. Nearly six years into the process, the Applicant is determined to get building permits by March 1, 2015.
The Post Office: Centre City Capital Limited
Corner of Stavebank Road and Lakeshore Road
This is a redevelopment of the former postal station, a heritage building in Port Credit. Several ratepayer groups fought very hard to discourage high- or mid-rise applications on the site, and ultimately Centre City stepped up with a vision they could support.
The design provides an opportunity to reanimate an underused space at a major intersection in downtown Port Credit. City planners have been urging developers to come up with office space proposals, and Mayor McCallion has long wanted to straighten out the dangerously offset intersection where Stavebank north and south don’t meet at Lakeshore Road. Plans are approved for a restaurant with a large deck overlooking the adjacent park and harbour, retail space along the main street, Class A office space in the two floors above and two levels of underground parking below.
Size/Scope of Redevelopment
Designed for a 6,600 sq. ft. bank, a 7,200 sq. ft. restaurant and 25,200 sq. ft. of office space; employment should exceed 60 jobs.
The site has been boarded up for four years and underwent arduous heritage and parking challenges. The proponent is now awaiting clearance of final conditions and building permits are expected by end of 2014. Construction expected in spring 2015.