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February 2015 Community News – MRA AGM Coming up Tuesday March 24, 2015

Mimico Residents Association Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday March 24, 2015   7pm – 8:30pm
Where: St. Leo’s Catholic School Gymnasium * Wheelchair Accessible
Residents are invited to attend, meet our Board, find out about our recent activities,  join the MRA or renew membership at our annual meeting!
There are a few positions opening on the Board of Directors for the coming year. If you are interested in being part of our team, please email your contact information and areas of interest and expertise to info@mimicoresidents.ca. Applicants will be interviewed and successful candidates notified before March 10.

Shoreline Towers submits 25 storey development plan and appeals Mimico by the Lake Secondary Plan

Shoreline Towers, at 2313 – 2323 Lake Shore Blvd West, has submitted a Rezoning Application to City Planning which proposes a 25 storey, 241 unit tower adjacent to the lake, behind the two current buildings which are on their property. They have also submitted a site-specific Appeal to the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan through the Ontario Municipal Board. The MRA has registered as a Participant in the OMB appeal hearing so that we may present statements on behalf of the community.
Please visit our blog for more information on the appeal and proposed development.

Storefront Humber Building (Mimico Hall) is adding a front extension – Lease is coming up for renewal in May 2016.

In co-operation with the Mimico-by-the-Lake Business Improvement Area, the MRA has prepared a letter of concern regarding the front addition currently under construction at Storefront Humber (SFH). The community and local businesses were not given the opportunity to provide feedback on the renovation or given notice of its commencement. A City-owned building, properly called Mimico Hall, it dates from the 1960s and has been rented for $1.00 per year to SFH for decades.
Does its current use conflict with the recommendations of the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan for Mimico Square? Could the renovations have incorporated additional services and benefits to the community (e.g.: public washrooms, event space)? The SFH lease renewal in 2016 could be an opportunity to consult with the community on how this building could better serve more of our community.
We welcome community feedback on this and all community matters – please read the current statement and background on our website and comment there, or email us your feedback.

Wesley Mimico Place approved and begins construction this year

Repurposing, Renewing, and Adding – that’s the plan for the Wesley Mimico Church building at the corner of Mimico Ave. and Station Road, which has been a part of the Mimico community for 150 years. City Council has approved rezoning for an accessible, community heritage facility – Wesley Mimico Place (WMP) – to include 30 suites of owner-occupied housing for ages 55+; space for community groups to offer programs and activities; and a sanctuary/hall for the Wesley congregation’s activities. Construction is scheduled to start this year.
For more information about this project visit the WMP website at www.wesleymimico.org or telephone: 416 546 5737.

Update on MIMICO GO Station improvements

From: www.gotransit.com/public/en/improve/projects/mimico_station.aspx
“We’re modernizing Mimico GO Station to make it more accessible and convenient for customers. This is a long-term project that will involve several phases over the next six years.
Once complete in 2018, the improvements will provide customers with extended GO Train platforms that accommodate 12-car trains, a new pedestrian tunnel connecting Manchester Street to the platform and parking lot, and a new station building. There are also plans to rehabilitate the existing pedestrian tunnel, expand the parking area and add a new station entrance from Newcastle Street. Construction started in August 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2018. We will post photos of our progress here.”

Section 37 Monies for 11 Superior called into Question

A recent article by CBC called into question the Section 37 monies agreed upon at City Council for the 11 Superior Davies-Smith development, saying that arrangements had been made for $100,000 more in funds prior to the Council vote. Read the story on CBC.ca
We asked Councillor Grimes for a response to these allegations, and he wrote back:
“In light of recent media coverage, alleging that I removed potential section 37 funds from our community, I want to make it perfectly clear that these accusation are unfounded and untrue.” Read the full response on our blog.

Section 37 Information Package – how is it determined, what is it for?

MRA has posted the City of Toronto’s Section 37 Information Package to provide residents with more background regarding Section 37, especially how it is determined and allocated. Please visit our blog to view the information.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

Free Thursday Arts Drop-ins starting Feb 12

When: Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00pm
Where: Lakeshore Arts, 2422 Lake Shore Boulevard West

We’re making Thursdays a little more crafty. Join Lakeshore Arts for a FREE drop-in for all ages and skill levels. A great opportunity to work with a professional artist and create work that will be displayed in the Smith Zone Gallery on our community wall.
Drop-ins will be held on Thursday (beginning February 12) from 3:30-5:00pm at Lakeshore Arts. For more information, please contact bebhinn@lakeshorearts.ca or call 416.201.7093.

Pancake Supper in support of the 168th Mimico Brownies

When: February 17, 2015 Drop in between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Where: Mimico Presbyterian Church 119 Mimico Avenue (basement)

Come celebrate the beginning of Lent. Join us for a community pancake supper in support of out local Brownie unit. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to help fund the girls’ year-end camping adventure. Generously hosted members of the Mimico Presbyterian congregation and the 168th Mimico Brownies. Hope to see you there!!

SPROUT Etobicoke – A Community Conversation

When: Tuesday, 17 February 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Where: Mimico Centennial Library

Live Green Toronto invites South-Etobicoke residents, community groups and businesses to join us for an action-oriented event that will help bring green initiatives to life.  The evening will provide neighbours with an opportunity to collaborate on local projects. Residents in the area are encouraged to bring their green project ideas to this meeting. Additionally, information will be provided about the Live Green Grants and other programs that the City of Toronto offers. Click to register

LCCC Fundraiser & Mixer night at Maple Leaf Lounge

When: Feb 28th @ 8PM
Where: Maple Leaf House Grill and Lounge, 2749 Lake Shore Blvd West

Pub Night coming up on Feb 28th at the Maple Leaf lounge in support of Lakeshore Community Childcare Centre! Tickets are $15 in advance at the Centre or $20 at the door. DJ, raffle and 50/50 draw! Come out and support the kids!

Check out MRA’s Community Calendar and Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute news and local events!

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