By:  Monica Kucharski

Mississauga is growing up.  By leaps and bounds it seems.  Its circa 1970s suburban sprawl, has been tightening, rising to sky scrape, and gaining an urban vibe.

The downtown core with condos, places of business, shopping and entertainment has been expanding in all compass directions, while plans (some already in progress) for Mississauga’s waterfront, the Hurontario corridor, intensification of shopping centres, and public transit, envision a modern city that years down the road will likely become the envy of other metropolitan areas.

Why?  A big factor is that city planners and builders in Mississauga are often starting at ground zero, which affords them the opportunity to implement state-of-the art construction techniques, a modern aesthetic, and sustainable practices.  Have you looked at the Marilyn Monroe towers lately?

Another big factor is that city officials have been pro-active in curtailing the sprawling, horizontally expanding suburb of Mississauga and shaping it into a vertically growing city of Mississauga.  Smartly, all the efforts are guided by the mandate to create complete communities, whose residents are within a walking distance to work, shop and play, interconnected by green spaces and transit.

Construction of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is scheduled to begin next year.  This clean, electrically powered light rail vehicles, will link the north and south of the city and drive development of neighbourhoods around it.  Developers are already selling condos on the basis of their proximity to the LRT.  In a 2-3 decades, Hurontario will be a bike-laned main street lined by mixed-use towers connected by transit.

Two major downtown residential projects down the pike include the Amacon Parkside Village (17 towers from 17-55 storeys), and Rogers-M City’s plan (10 towers with 21-60 storeys.

Outside the downtown core, master plans for the Lakeview and Port Credit waterfronts are already in progress.  Construction of a mix of residential, commercial and recreational hubs (but no skyscrapers to obstruct the beautiful Lake Ontario) on parcels of waterfront lying dormant for years, will give Mississauga the “City By The Water” distinction.

Mississauga may not be Paris yet, but give it a couple of decades, and Parisians may just be flocking to Mississauga.  Just think, in the 1970s, the downtown core was a cornfield!