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Small Arms Inspection Building - Redevelopment Project

News June 23, 2014 TRCA seeks partners for the daptive Re-Use of 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, Ontario, known as the Small Arms Inspection Building:

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a request for an Expression of Interest (EOI) seeking submissions from qualified individuals, firms and/or institutions outlining their interest and proposed vision for an adaptive re-use of the Small Arms Inspection Building (the Building).

Potential partners will submit an EOI that compliments the goals, objectives, and principles of TRCA and City of Mississauga, the Building’s heritage components, as well as internationally recognized guidelines for sustainable development, such as Living Building Challenge and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.

Information, including all documentation pertaining to the EOI, is available through Biddingo.com/trca. The deadline for submission is August 29, 2014. There is a mandatory site visit for bidders on July 24, 2014 at 1:00pm.

Contact Information:

Ethan Griesbach, M.Sc., LEED AP, ENV SP
Project Manager II, Project Management Office
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

416.661.6600 ext 5364 | egriesbach@trca.on.ca
5 Shoreham Drive, Downsview, ON, M3N 1S4

The Project

Toronto and Region Conservation, (hereinafter referred to as TRCA), is planning to restore the heritage building known as the Small Arms Inspection Building, (hereafter the "Building" or "Structure"), located within the community of Lakeview at 1352 Lakeshore Road East, in the City of Mississauga. The Building location is highlighted in yellow, below and is situated on the lands commonly referred to as the Arsenal Lands.

Figure 1:

Small Arm's Project Figure 1

The Building renewal is intended to support a dynamic and ever-evolving mixed-use space, providing a unique combination of office, studio and community spaces, with an emphasis on promoting culture, arts, heritage, scientific research, idea exchange and small business opportunities. The anticipated benefits of this future centre for arts, culture, heritage and science include, but are not be limited to:

  • Attraction of small businesses to the Lakeview community;
  • contribution to the health, vibrancy and diversity of the community;
  • preservation and interpretation of the remaining heritage features that represent the Lakeview area's contribution to the war efforts in WWI &WWII;
  • promotion of education and research related to sustainable urban design and planning;
  • enhancement of public amenities and connected network of regional parks and natural open spaces that bridge Toronto and Mississauga on the Lake Ontario waterfront; and
  • promotion of arts and culture.

Background

Historic Images of the Small Arms BuildingIn 1992, TRCA acquired a 15.7 hectare parcel of land on the eastern border of the Mississauga waterfront referred to as the Arsenal Lands. The Arsenal Lands property is bounded to the north by Lakeshore Road East, to the east by Marie Curtis Park West (Toronto), to the south by the Lake Ontario waterfront and to the west by the Waterfront Trail and greenspace owned by the Region of Peel.

The Arsenal Lands have played an important role in Canada's cultural heritage. In 1806, the lands were patented to Colonel Samuel Smith who served with the Queen's Rangers during the Revolutionary War and later as administrator of the Province. In 1910 the land was acquired for military purposes and shortly after registered by the Department of National Defense as 'The Toronto Barracks Site'. The lands became part of the Long Branch Rifle Range which was used in training exercises until 1957. Canada's first aerodome also operated nearby, training pilots that went to England to serve with the Royal Naval Air Services during World War I. And finally, during World War II the Arsenal Lands became the site of a large munitions plant that manufactured rifles and small arms for the Canadian Army, supported by thousands of women who joined the war effort.

The Small Arms Building is situated on the north-west corner of the Arsenal Lands property at the foot of Dixie Road. The building, designed in 1939 by Allward and Gouinlock Architects, is an important artifact in Ontario and Canada's history. Under the threat of demolition in 2008, the City of Mississauga designated the building as being of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2009. Since that time, the community has championed a new vision for the building as a future centre for arts, culture, heritage and science. The proposed vision for the building would support the Inspiration Lakeview project, by promoting the transition of the Lakeview community from industrial to a vital mixed use waterfront community. The Small Arms Building and surrounding the Arsenal Lands property have had a rich history, adding to the appeal of the Mississauga waterfront.

The rich history of the site and its importance within the Lakeview community and Canadian heritage has inspired a community-driven plan to reinvent the building as a centre for arts, culture, heritage and science. The Small Arms Society - consisting of residents from the Lakeview community - has been the champion for the community-driven plan and will be an important component of the forthcoming redevelopment activities.

Building and Land Zoning Information

The Building includes over 43,000 ft2 with three distinct components: a two-storey front former administration wing, a bridging section with one- and two-storey components, and a rear one-storey former inspection plant. The front bridging sections of the building are constructed of a load-bearing clay tile structure with a flat roof and clad in red brick veneer. The rear portion of the building is a one-storey, with high ceilings, a flat-roof with skylights supported by timber post and beam system, double brick masonry and bands of steel-framed windows.

The Arsenal Lands are currently zoned "Open Space" (OS2); which allows for a range of active and passive recreational opportunities as prescribed in Section 9.1 - General Provisions for Open Space Zones.

The Building is located within the Lakeview community; which is undergoing a Local Area Plan planning study. Under the draft Local Area Plan, there is a vision for the Lakeview community as a whole that includes reconnecting to the waterfront, healthy neighborhoods, social well-being and sustainable development. In reference to the subject site, there is consideration for a Special Site on the Arsenal Lands to allow additional uses for the Small Arms Inspection Building (i.e. community facilities, conference centre, commercial schools, restaurants and secondary offices). The Local Area Plan study is ongoing, and scheduled for completion/ratification by City of Mississauga Council in 2015.

Project Preliminary Vision

Through discourse between TRCA, the community, and municipal organizations; a preliminary vision for the Small Arms Inspection Building has been created. The intent is to redevelop the building, to bring new life to this historic landmark structure, as a future centre to support a unique combination of office, studio and community spaces, with an emphasis on promoting culture, arts, heritage, scientific research, idea exchange and small business opportunities. The redevelopment project will support the transition of the Lakeview community into a vibrant urban community as proposed in the City of Mississauga's ongoing Inspiration Lakeview and Local Area Plan planning processes.

The 24,000 ft2 formerly used as office and meeting space are envisioned to provide a flexible mix of office and studio space for local entrepreneurs, academia, small businesses, and artists. These spaces are expected to support a local work economy and ensure the success and vibrancy of Lakeview neighborhood. The open, light filled space at the rear of the building is intended to support a new and dynamic community and event venue space. Community meetings, programs and events are expected to be offered in this fluid space and will promote the exchange of information and ideas, the expression and creation of art, dance, theatre, and music. Public washrooms are also intended to be incorporated into the space to enhance the park amenities that are planned for the future Arsenal Lands Park to be developed by the City of Mississauga.

The redevelopment will complement the goals, objectives, and principles of TRCA and City of Mississauga, the Building's heritage components, as well as internationally recognized guidelines for sustainable development, such as Living Building Challenge and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.

Figure 2:

Small Arms Building Project

Figure 3:

Small Arms Project Figure 2

Schedule

  • Issue Expression of Interest - June 23, 2014
  • Building Tour With Perspective Bidders - 1:00pm, July 24, 2014
  • Inquiries Closing Date - 5:00pm, August 1, 2014
  • Issue Addendum With Response to Inquiries - 5:00pm, August 8, 2014
  • EOI Closing Date - 12:00pm, August 29, 2014, 2014
  • Evaluate EOI response - August 29 to September 12, 2014
  • Confirm Short List - September 12, 2014
  • Issue Request for Proposal to Short List - September 19, 2014
  • Request for Proposal Closing Date - October 17, 2014
  • Presentations from Bidders - October 27 to 31, 2014
  • Evaluate Proposals Received as Part of the Request for Proposal - October 17 to 31, 2014
  • Select and enter into an Agreement with Partner(s) - November, 2014

Contact Information:

Ethan Griesbach, M.Sc., LEED AP, ENV SP
Project Manager II, Project Management Office
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

416.661.6600 ext 5364 | egriesbach@trca.on.ca
5 Shoreham Drive, Downsview, ON, M3N 1S4