Public urged to drop by site where Mississauga’s new $75-million marina will be built

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Published August 23, 2022 at 10:09 am

Mississauga residents and others interested in learning more about plans for a new, full-service and modern marina to be built in the Port Credit area of the city can drop by the site this Saturday (Aug. 27).

City of Mississauga officials heading up the huge $75-million (estimated) project are reaching out to the public via a pop-up event to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the current Credit Village Marina. It’s located at 12 Stavebank Rd. S.

Staff will be at the marina to answer any questions about the project from those who attend.

The City is in the midst of completing a provincially-mandated environmental assessment (EA) before more specific details about the  project can be decided upon.

In addition to this Saturday’s pop-up event, the City is hosting a second virtual Public Information Centre that runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 22. It includes a survey seeking public feedback on preliminary design plans to date.

Officials say responses to questions and comments raised will be posted to the project website following the consultation period.

The first mandated public feedback session was held earlier this year. Residents, businesses and others who provided input in February and March also wanted information on a number of issues including traffic impact, final cost of the project and what the finished site will look like.

Project officials say more details about design and cost will be available as the EA process continues.

After a year-long wait, Mississauga officials got word last September that Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment had approved terms of reference for the required environmental assessment of the massive undertaking.

The waterfront overhaul seeks to maximize the location’s advantage as Lake Ontario’s deepest natural harbour in making a new-look Port Credit Harbour a destination place, City officials say.

They hope a new marina will attract boaters from all over who will, ideally, spend the day in Port Credit shopping and dining.  

As it moves forward with the EA, which when completed must be approved by the Ontario government, Mississauga is looking to provincial and federal governments for money to complete the redevelopment plan, dubbed by City staff the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.  

Mayor Bonnie Crombie has identified the Port Credit marina undertaking as one of Mississauga’s top two infrastructure priorities, the other being the re-instatement of a downtown loop as part of the Hurontario light rail transit project.  

Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko earlier described the waterfront as the “jewel in the crown of Mississauga” and said Port Credit, most notably with its deep harbour, is the perfect spot for a new, modern marina. 

City staff say the natural advantages of a deep harbour cannot be overstated. Port Credit is one of the few Lake Ontario deep-water harbours capable of accommodating big boats, they say.  

“That’s a unique advantage of this site as the harbour does not require regular dredging,” staff said last year. “There is a trend towards bigger boats and this site can accommodate and capitalize on that trend because of the deep waters.”  

The 1 Port Street East project is a key element of the City’s much broader Inspiration Port Credit Charting the Future Course Master Plan. It’s intended to help fulfill the Master Plan vision “to ensure that an iconic and vibrant mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood and destination with a full-service marina is developed at the 1 Port St. E. site.”  

Mississauga operates two other marinas in the city—Lakefront Promenade and Credit Village marinas. 

The survey for the latest round of public engagement is available on the project website.

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