The City of Mississauga has received a 2017 Brownie Award for the redevelopment of a site under the Inspiration Port Credit initiative. Located at 70 Mississauga Rd. S., the property is 72 acres that were previously owned and operated as a refinery by Imperial Oil. The site also includes 600 metres of Lake Ontario shoreline that abuts the historic urban waterfront village of Port Credit.
Brownie Awards recognize the effective utilization and revitalization of brownfield sites, which are former industrial sites that are vacant or underused. The awards are an initiative of the Canadian Brownfield Network (CBN), a dedicated group of professionals focused on uncovering, understanding and sharing barriers and solutions relating to the use of brownfield land. The group’s vision: brownfield property reuse is the preferred solution by developers.
“This award demonstrates Mississauga’s ongoing commitment to engage the community,” said Jim Tovey, Ward 1 councillor. “Inspiration Port Credit provides an incredible opportunity to build a vibrant and inspiring future for the community, by the community.”
“The Brownie Awards recognize the best in brownfield site restoration projects in Canada,” added Ed Sajecki, city planning and building commissioner. “We are excited to receive this award and be recognized by industry experts for our communication and engagement efforts on this waterfront project. The result is a vision of the site’s future as a model of sustainability.”
Given the significant size of the site and proximity to Port Credit village, interactive sessions led by both city officials and a consulting team were held to encourage input from area residents and businesses on what the new community should offer.
West Village Partnership (WVP) is the property’s owner. The group consists of Diamond Corp., Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited, FRAM + Slokker, and Dream Unlimited. With guidance from community input, WVP has created a master plan for a mixed-use, multi-phased development, which will include about 2,500 residential units and 200,000 square feet of commercial, retail, and community uses, expected to create about 1,000 new jobs. The new community, referred to as “The West Village,” will also incorporate a community centre, trails, parks and open areas to make optimal use of the waterfront. Once construction is underway, the full project is expected to take approximately eight years to complete.
At the unveiling of the project, last spring, Mayor Bonnie Crombie shared her enthusiasm for the innovative use of the unused industrial site.
“Effective urban planning is our responsibility and our legacy to future generations,” she said.
The photo is a concept rendering of 70 Mississauga Rd. S. redevelopment. Courtesy of the City of Mississauga.