In 2010 the MRA Board discussed community concerns regarding the variety of development options being examined by planners as part of the Mimico 20/20 process, which may include the demolition or replacement of some of the existing residential rental units with newer development. This prospect raised concerns that existing tenants may be affected by way of loss of rental accommodations. As a result of this discussion, the MRA developed the position below.
MRA POSITION RE: Mimico 20/20 and the Rights of Tenants
[Statement Issued 2010]
The area south of Lake Shore Boulevard between Lake Crescent to the West and Marina Del Ray to the East (“Mimico Waterfront”) is largely comprised of numerous residential dwelling units of a rental tenure.
Mimico 20/20 is a City initiated process which is examining the future of the Mimico Waterfront. We understand there to be a variety of development options being examined which may include the demolition or replacement of some of these existing residential rental units with newer development. This prospect raises concerns that existing tenants may be affected by way of loss of rental accommodations.
The Mimico Residents Association believes that tenants need protection under any development scenario for the Mimico Waterfront that may be considered by the City. This protection needs to take the form of:
- Protecting affordable rental residential units,
Ensuring that any affordable residential units that are required to be demolished by way of redevelopment of the Mimico Waterfront should be replaced with new replacement rental units,
- Rents of any new replacement rental units should be similar in rent as to any units that have been lost.
- Developers of lands affecting affordable rental dwelling units should be required to provide suitable assistance to any renter disrupted through redevelopment.
The Mimico Residents Association is concerned that the interest of tenants within the Mimico Waterfront be protected during any redevelopment scenario being considered for the Mimico Waterfront.