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By Monica Kucharski

The City of Mississauga has received a 2017 Brownie Award for Inspiration Port Credit for Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement.

What are Brownie Awards?  These awards “recognize the builders, innovators and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.”

The 2017 Brownie was given to Mississauga for exploring opportunities and planning transformations of the City’s waterfront.   These brownfield transformations are already in process.

The West Village development is a revitalization of 70-acre former industrial property at 70 Mississauga Road South into commercial and residential properties, surrounded by a big park and trails.  The Lakeshore Inspiration Project is the conversion of the waterfront around the Lakeview Generating Station site on Lakeshore west of Cawthra, into a 1.5 kilometer of “green oasis” of beach, wetlands, residential and commercial properties and trails.

“It is a great honour for the City of Mississauga to receive this national award for our achievement in planning for and contributing to the growth of healthy communities and our remarkable waterfront,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Congratulations to the team for their hard work and dedication while ensuring the needs and interests of the community are considered.”

“The Brownie Awards recognize the best in brownfield site restoration projects in Canada,” added Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “We are excited to receive this award and be recognized by industry experts for our communication and engagement efforts on this waterfront project. The result is a vision of the site’s future as a model of sustainability.”

Congratulations, Mississauga!