New condo proposed for site of Beer Store location in Mississauga

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Published March 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

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An 11- (or possibly 12) storey condo has been proposed for a site that’s currently home to a stand-alone Beer Store location in Mississauga.

According to a city report, the proposal, put forward by the Starbank Group of Companies, involves the construction of a residential development at 420 Lakeshore Road East. The site is located on the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road East and Enola Avenue. 

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Initially, the developer proposed a 12 storey condominium apartment building with 195 residential units, “live/work” units at grade and two levels of underground parking. 

At a March 8 planning and development meeting, Starbank representative Jim Levac said that the developer has already made some amendments to the application, including lowering the height, reducing the floor space index and removing the proposed live/work units in favour of retail spaces. 

Should the development eventually be approved, the Beer Store will need to be demolished. 

Ward 10 Councillor Sue McFadden raised concerns about the Beer Store being removed and asked if other amenities near the site, such as a grocery store and pharmacy, will also need to be demolished to make way for the development.

Levac, who said that a Beer Store could be included in the final development, told McFadden that there are no plans to remove any other retailers other than the Beer Store.  

Starbank is also asking the city to amend a zoning by-law to allow it to begin construction, as the area is currently zoned for mixed-use buildings that are much shorter than the proposed condominium. 

At the meeting, Crombie said that she’s concerned about possibly ignoring zoning rules that were set as part of Mississauga’s official plan, adding that other areas of the city are more appropriate for taller residential towers. 

Crombie also said the building is not appropriate for the area. 

“I really think this is an abomination, it reminds me of EV Royale. It’s a huge proposal for a small site and I don’t think the community will accept it at all.” 

Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko said the revision failed to take resident feedback into account, adding that the applicant should consider “going back to the drawing board” and submitting a proposal more appropriate for the neighbourhood. 

A revised proposal will be sent to the city for approval in the future. 

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