A Jan. 28, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “Rising heritage costs, bureaucracy the main reasons behind Wesley Mimico Place project’s cancellation: Mixed-use facility was to house seniors apartments and a community kitchen.”
A Jan. 21, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “LAMP community kitchen may be in jeopardy after Wesley Mimico Place development cancelled: Ontario Trillium Foundation recently awarded LAMP $150K to build the industrial grade kitchen.”
I am sorry to hear the news.
The Wesley Mimico United Church redevelopment team has made a strong effort to address the challenges the local congregation, like many congregations across Toronto and across Canada, has been facing in recent years.
Sometimes a development is cancelled, and a new one with new marketing emerges in its place.
A positive aspect of the story to date is that the Wesley Mimico United Church building has received a measure of heritage protection:
Options for church conversions
A previous post focuses upon options for church conversions in Toronto:
My guess is that the church building may be sold to a private developer who will follow the Option B scenario described in the Hackworth and Gullikson (2013) paper: “Congregation sells church and land to developer; developer demolishes or converts the church to residences but replaces at least some element or reminder of that church; examples: name, symbols, facade, plaque.”
Option C is a less likely possibility: “Congregation sells all or part of their church and land to a developer who builds around all or part of their initial place of worship; a new church (or some other service extension of the church) is built or renovated on site.”
Hackworth and Gullikson (2013)
Among the above-noted posts are ones entitled:
A Feb. 12, 2016 Tyee article is entitled: “Meet the Real Estate Duo Answering Vancouver Prayers: No, not housing prayers. These guys sell most of Metro Van’s churches.”