Tweet from Mayor Crombie
I learned about the June 17, 2017 event from a recent tweet from City of Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie:
Bonnie Crombie @BonnieCrombie
Groundbreaking to kick off @citymississauga Small Arms rehabilitation project set for June 17 at 11 am. http://ow.ly/q9Z830cAe9v #Canada150
The link at the tweet refers to the following June 14, 2017 news release at the City of Mississauga website:
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Official ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
Following the ceremony, a tree planting will take place to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Light refreshments to follow.
Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Rd. E.
Available at 1345 Lakeshore Rd. E., on the northwest corner of Lakeshore Rd.E. and Dixie Rd.
Constructed in 1941, the Small Arms Inspection Building is an industrial facility that was part of the former Small Arms Ltd. munitions factory complex that operated on the Arsenal Lands. The Small Arms Building and Arsenal Lands were acquired by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in 1992, with a portion of the lands and building conveyed to the City of Mississauga in 2017. The City designated the building as being of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2009.
It may be noted that it was on the initiative of Lakeview residents that the Small Arms Building was saved from demolition and was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. The presence of a bulldozer at the site, some time prior to the series of steps leading to designation of the building, was an event that galvanized and mobilized the local community.
With the leadership of Jim Tovey (now Ward 1 Councillor, and at that time the president of the Lakeview Ratepayers Association), the Lakeview community at once took steps – through immediate, high-level communications with the City of Mississauga – to ensure that the bulldozer would not initiate a demolition of the building.
This was a case when, through a combination of fortuitous circumstances, the presence of a bulldozer at the site of a heritage building did not lead to the process of destruction that was about to be completed. This event – the presence of the bulldozer and the actions taken by the local community – is a key back story related to the Small Arms Building, and the Official Ceremony that is taking place on June 17, 2017.