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How a former coal-fired power plant became a destination site

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Urban designers rarely have the opportunity to design a mini-city from scratch. But that’s exactly what’s happening with Lakeview Village, the 177-acre waterfront estate at East Avenue and Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga, on the site of the former Lakeview Generating Station.

“Our development inspiration came directly from former Mississauga City Councilman Jim Tovey,” said Brian Sutherland, Vice President of Development, Argo Development Corporation.

“Jim put it on our radar and it was always talking about the Lakeview site, so when it came up for sale in the summer of 2017 we really started stepping up and calling the best builders we knew.”

Tovey passed away suddenly in 2018, but the new 26-acre Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area will be right next to Sutherland’s upcoming waterfront condo community.

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To say Lakeview Village is a development is an understatement. What Sutherland is running is much more like building the lower tip of Mississauga.

With 8,050 residential units, including 400 affordable units, 180,000 square feet of commercial space, 67 acres of waterfront land dedicated to municipal parks, employment and cultural use, Lakeview will include much more than just residences.

As a mixed-use space, its centerpiece will be a pedestrian pier jutting out into Lake Ontario – the longest pier on the Canadian side. An amphitheater is also planned for construction.

“What I love about this project is its extensive network of parks, green spaces and public spaces throughout the district,” says Dennis Pieprz, director of architectural practice Sasaki and chief planner and urban designer of the Lakeview Village master plan.

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“Every resident will be literally 30 seconds or less from a park-like space of the project and I have to see that it is rare to have a project with such an extensive network of parks, green spaces and open spaces. public throughout the neighborhood.

Pieprz said the government originally planned to rebuild the power plant into a gas-fired plant, but the local community rose up. “The city council, and Jim Tovey in particular, said ‘don’t put another power station there – let’s develop it instead. The result will be 3.5 km of waterfront space accessible to the general public, as well as an extensive network of trails.

Unlike the environmental responsibilities of coal power, Pieprz says the design of Lakeview Village emphasizes sustainability. “One of the unique features of this project is that it will have its own ‘sustainability hub’, such as a power plant that serves each of the property’s more than 50 buildings,” he notes. “It creates an efficient way to cool and heat buildings.”

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Pieprz also says they are designing a European-style waste management system where recycling from individual units can be sucked up through a vacuum tube system.

“It’s like in Sweden – this central waste management system will also reduce the number of trucks entering space.” With these innovative systems, the expected environmental savings are to offset 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.

While Phase 1 construction partners are currently digging into the powerhouse to create infrastructure, Sutherland says 2022 will be a year of demolishing the old powerhouse and rebuilding everything from utilities, parks, roads and maintenance of the entire site. ”. Its projected timeline for the first residents to move in is around 2025.

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So far, the list of builders involved includes Branthaven, Caivan, Greenpark, Group, DECO, Opus Homes and Tridel. “It’s definitely not going to be a bedroom community,” Sutherland says.

“In fact, we are currently in discussions with post-secondary institutions. Argo hopes to host an on-site campus so that it will also become a workplace for faculty members and a destination for learners, both locally and globally.

With Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie at their side, Pieprz says Lakeview Village will make it a world-class town. “Working with the City Council, Tovey’s vision of bringing people to the water’s edge will come to fruition and that’s a good thing.”

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