Square One Older Adult Centre Calls Central Parkway Mall New Home
Jun 23, 2017
Yesterday, together with the Square One Older Adult Centre (SOOAC or the Centre), the City of Mississauga announced that SOOAC will be relocating from its current space at Square One Shopping Centre, to the second floor of the Central Parkway Mall at 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. (on the corner of Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. and Central Parkway E.).
“In working together with City staff, I was thrilled that we were able to find an alternative downtown space for the Centre to continue to provide programs and activities for older adults in Mississauga,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “Based on the most recent Census data, our downtown is home to approximately one quarter of Mississauga’s 55 plus population who lead very active lifestyles. The downtown’s older adult population is expected to grow within the next decade, so it was important to find a new location for the Centre that not only met the existing needs of the membership, but allowed for increased growth and accessibility.”
The relocation is set to take place in late fall. For more than two decades, SOOAC has provided programs and services that enrich the lives of older adults in Mississauga.
“After an extensive search, the City along with SOOAC’s Board of Directors agreed that the Central Parkway Mall space meets requirements identified by members and would accommodate the group’s future growth,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “The renovated space is large, convenient and accessible, allowing for current and new social, educational, recreational, health and multicultural programs and services. The new space also provides the opportunity for membership to grow from its current 1,650 members.”
The renovated 8,600 sq. ft. facility, located on the second floor of the mall, will offer a variety of amenities for the Centre’s members including:
• Kitchen and multi-purpose café space;
• Technology centre;
• Smaller private rooms for health & wellness services/clinics;
• Large auditorium; and
• Multi-purpose program rooms.
Lichterman added, “The City will lease the space for a minimum of five years. SOOAC will be responsible for the operation and management of the centre, including all other operating costs.”
Established in 1992, SOOAC is a charitable organization committed to enriching the lives of Mississauga’s older adults ages 50 and over. The Centre offers a variety of weekly social, recreational, health and multicultural programs.
“While we've spent the last 25 years at Square One, we're excited to create new memories in our new space," said Joan Crews, President of the Board of Directors for SOOAC. "We're grateful to the City of Mississauga for working closely with us to find a location that accommodates the wide array of programs and services that we provide. We're also very thankful and appreciative of Oxford Properties Group for the support they've shown us over the last two decades and as we continue finalizing our move to our new home in Central Parkway Mall."
Since 1992, SOOAC has operated out of the lower level of Square One Shopping Centre. Its current lease is set to expire in September 2017. Oxford Properties Group, who manages and co-owns the shopping centre, has not announced future plans for the space at this time.
“As a vested community partner, Oxford Properties Group values the relationship built with SOOAC and the City,” said Greg Taylor, Director and General Manager, Square One. “In support of our long-term partnership, we’re contributing $200,000 to assist with the transition to a new location. This monetary contribution will be put towards providing ongoing opportunities for older adults to live their best life by staying active, healthy and connected.”
[Download high res image] [Left to Right: Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation, City of Mississauga, Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac, Elena Price, Property Manager Oxford Properties Group, Joan Crews, President of the Board of Directors for SOOAC and Samantha Almeida, Marketing Manager, Oxford Properties Group.]
The Centre also announced that it will be adopting a new name, Active Adult Centre of Mississauga (AACM), upon its move to their new space.