Following message (Jan. 17, 2013) is from Office of Councillor Peter Milczyn:
Councillor Peter Milczyn asked that I email you today and update you on this Etobicoke matter as you have been in touch with him in recent months regarding the closure of the Christie plant in South Etobicoke.
Peter has some good news that I would like to share with you.
Mondelez officially withdrew their “Concept Plan” for the Christie site at 2150 Lakeshore Boulevard West, which was previously submitted to City Planning Staff on November 1st, 2012. That report recommended a residential development to replace the Christie Plant with 27 Condominium towers.
Once Mondelez announced the closure of the Christie Plant, the Mayor and City Councillors acted quickly to approve a Motion at City Council to prevent Mondelez from re-zoning the Christie site. Mayor Rob Ford moved this Motion on November 17th, 2012 entitled ‘Making Room for Jobs – Protecting an Employment Area in Etobicoke Lakeshore’. The motion included the following recommendation:
“City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Minister of Infrastructure to consider exercising his authority under the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe to identify the employment lands in the vicinity of the Ontario Food Terminal, as well as the Ontario Food Terminal site itself, and the lands at 2150 Lake Shore Boulevard West as a provincially significant employment area.”
Making Room for Jobs was approved unanimously by Council; sending a strong message to developers that the City will continue to protect existing employment lands in Toronto.
Mondelez is now asking that the site be re-designated to a “Regeneration Area”, and that there be further study to determine the appropriate uses for the site. Councillor Milczyn will continue to be involved in the process to ensure that any future development proposals for this site suit the needs of the community.
I will continue to keep you updated on this matter, and do not hesitate to contact the Councillor’s office if you have any questions.
Kinga Surma on behalf of
Ward 5 | Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West Suite C51 | Second Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2