Employing world-class practices and undertaking an extensive water channel restoration, developers will transform the site of former coal-fired powerplant into Canada’s most sustainable 15-minute community
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, October 28, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lakeview Community Partners Limited (LCPL), the development group behind Lakeview Village, is continuing to execute against its long-term sustainability commitments and celebrates progress on the restoration of Serson Creek, a buried waterway in alignment with the development’s mission to become a leader in sustainable development and innovation. LCPL remains focused on creating a highly inter-connected, environmentally conscious 15-minute community while restoring the land’s ecological ecosystem decimated by years of industrial use.
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Sustainability Centre at Lakeview Village - Renderings by Cicada Design Inc., Toronto, Canada ©Lakeview Community Partners Limited
The forward-thinking developers, designers and innovators behind Lakeview Village recognize that an investment in sustainable infrastructure is an investment in the future. LCPL are committed to executing on their vision of a connected and resilient community against their sustainability strategy that integrates the following six principles: place, prosperity, health and wellbeing, connectivity and mobility, living infrastructure and resource regeneration.
"The Lakeview Village site was once home to the Lakeview Generating Station known as the Four Sisters smoke-stacks, once a place of smog, pollution and environmental degradation until its eventual decommissioning in 2005," said Brian Sutherland, Vice-President of Development, Argo Development Corporation and development lead for Lakeview Village. "In 2018, we purchased the 177-acre brownfield site and began working with passionate locals on our vision for what this incredible transformation could bring to Mississauga’s waterfront – a vibrant and sustainable mixed-use community with solutions to address climate change, energy resiliency, waste management and mobility challenges."
Recently, LCPL was the recipient of the 2020 Canadian National Brownfield (Brownie) Awards in the "Reinvest" category. The Brownie Awards recognize 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.
LCPL’s long-term vision for building a sustainable city includes multiple strategic commitments:
Innovative Green Technology
The City’s Climate Change Action Plan emphasized the need for the City and future land developments to consider green energy projects as a means to assist the City in meeting its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction target of 80% by 2050. To deliver on this mission, LCPL has been evaluating key opportunities for innovative, sustainable, low carbon green technology such as District Energy and Vacuum Waste Collection systems.
Lakeview Village’s proposed District Energy system will be a community energy system that provides heating and cooling to all buildings on the site. If implemented at Lakeview Village, the heat recovery system would be the first application of its kind in North America. To accelerate these sustainable efforts, LCPL has entered into a preliminary partnership with Enwave Energy Corporation to explore the potential District Energy system for Lakeview Village.
The proposed Lakeview Vacuum Waste Collection System (LVWCS) will convey waste through a network of underground pipes to a central depot facility, revolutionizing how solid waste is sorted, collected and transported in Ontario. If realized, LVWCS would be the first of its kind in Canada at the scale proposed, acting as a precedent for communities and a beacon for innovation in Ontario.
In 2019, LCPL travelled to Sweden with the Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie, Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, the City Planning Commissioner and other city and regional staff to meet with industry-leading and globally recognized developers and city representatives across Sweden to explore these innovative green technologies and observe them in practice.
"In Gothenburg, we visited an Innovation District and saw first-hand how the deployment of data-rich living labs will guide and inform our future development practices, as well as how Lakeview Village can provide statistically relevant data to address civic challenges," said Sutherland. "In Stockholm, we experienced the extensive District Energy and Vacuum Waste systems in practice. In Malmö, we explored how to implement world-class sustainable practices right on the waterfront. Our goal was to gather this knowledge and bring that level of world-class technology and leading-edge community planning to Canada."
Prior to becoming the Lakeview Generating Station, the land was once home to many species of plants and animals distinct to the area. Due to its industrial history, years of pollution and environmental degradation, the region’s natural landscape, flora and fauna have suffered. Since purchasing the land in 2018, LCPL has undertaken several initiatives to restore the natural habitat and reinvigorate the lands.
A proud partner of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC), the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Region of Peel, LCPL has supported efforts to create a place for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Lakeview Village site. LCPL excavated and donated over 250,000 tonnes of concrete to help construct the foundation and breakwater for the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, helping advance the schedule of this incredible multi-year coastal habitat project.
Restoration of Serson Creek
LCPL has been working alongside environmental partners on the extensive restoration of Serson Creek, an environmentally degraded and underground piped water course that currently runs under the G.E. Booth Wastewater Treatment Plant. Over the years, piping the creek flow underneath the water treatment plant has prevented its use by local wildlife and caused a host of issues, including flooding, which has occasionally resulted in the temporary closure of the water treatment plant.
As a key component of the Lakeview Village project, LCPL has been working to restore the channel and surrounding habitat to its formerly thriving ecosystem. During Phase 1 of the years-long restoration effort, LCPL engaged excavators to dig a new low-flow channel, stabilize and prepare the creek to divert the flows out from underneath the treatment plant, re-establish the natural heritage corridor and seamlessly connect the future Lakeview Village community to the JTLCA before finally flowing into Lake Ontario.
Further to Serson Creek, LCPL has undertaken efforts to return the native flora and fauna to its rightful place through this unique, extensive restoration.
The Serson Creek corridor has been designed specifically to create a vital fish and wildlife habitat, support the formation of coastal zones along the lake and inlet shorelines to sensitively balance and promote ecological connectivity. This restoration approach is anticipated to create a source of native biodiversity that, over time, will spread into other adjacent areas and benefit many species of native fish and wildlife.
Field of 1 Million Sunflowers
Since 2019, LCPL has planted a field of 1 million sunflowers to support native wildlife rehabilitation and nature conservancy. As one of many initiatives undertaken to help remediate the site’s soil through phytoremediation, the sunflowers also help to reduce concentration of contaminants in the surrounding environment.
Since inception, the stunning field of sunflowers has not only encouraged local residents to engage with nature but also encouraged the rehabilitation of native species such as butterflies and bees, who as pollinators, play a critically important part in every aspect of the ecosystem, supporting the growth of surrounding vegetation which provide food and shelter for local wildlife.
"Very soon, Lakeview Village will be a place where we can welcome local residents and people from around the world to show them our amazing accomplishments in responsible, environmentally conscious development," said Sutherland. "We are in an incredibly unique position to take the site of a former coal refinery and turn it into a future-ready, sustainable community, right on the shores of Lake Ontario, while propelling Canada’s leadership position on climate and sustainability on the international stage."
To learn more about Lakeview Village and how it is bringing a sustainable 15-minute community to Canada, visit our website: www.mylakeviewvillage.com.
About Lakeview Community Partners Limited
Lakeview Community Partners Limited is a partnership of community builders that includes TACC Construction Limited, Greenpark Group, CCI Development Group, Branthaven and Argo Development Corporation. The partnership represents an unprecedented collaboration dedicated to transforming Mississauga’s waterfront through the development of Lakeview Village, a sustainable mixed-use community and all-season destination on the former site of the Lakeview Generating Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power plant. This transformative 177-acre revitalization project will revolutionize the way people live, visit and experience the waterfront through its thoughtful design and curated collection of housing, retail, office and recreational programming. For more information, visit www.mylakeviewvillage.com.
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Kaiser & Partners, on behalf of Lakeview Community Partners Limited
Kaiser & Partners, on behalf of Lakeview Community Partners Limited