Sent: May 14, 2013
Dear Councillor Grimes:
Position: Storefront Humber Lease Renewal and Renovation
The Mimico Residents Association has heard from concerned residents and business owners in Mimico about the long-term future use of Storefront Humber (SFH) and the surrounding area. The issues that have been raised to the MRA are the following:
1) The facility does not seem to be adequate for SFH’s current needs, which they contend are expanding. There is currently a permit application for an addition/expansion on the front of the building.
2) There are no public washrooms for square events and in Mimico Square and Storefront Humber is not equipped to facilitate this need.
3) A community centre for current and future users would better serve the entire community in the long term.
4) Should the land be made into a community-focused place, an increase in business interests would be anticipated.
5) With waterfront property at a premium, it does not seem appropriate that SFH only pays $1 per year in rent to the City of Toronto.
The MRA met with Storefront Humber Director Mary Hansen last fall to discuss these concerns. We discussed the use of the building and their plans for expansion. We were also informed about the programs that are run out of SFH.
At this time, the MRA position on SFH is that while they deliver important services to our senior community, most of the space in the present building is used for administration that could be conducted equally well at a different site. We feel that there is an opportunity to enhance this central location by converting or expanding it into a lively venue for all community involvement and enjoyment.
Therefore, in the long term, we urge the Councillor to look for ways that this central piece of land could be better used to serve the entire community and ensure that community consultation is sought. The DRAFT Mimico 20/20 plan suggests that a community centre is needed in Mimico, and the growth in population that will come with future development will also necessitate more community spaces and amenities.
We remain committed to promoting the quality of residential and economic life in and around the Mimico area.
Kyra Trainor, President
Mimico Residents Association
Cc: Laurel Broten, MPP