May 11, 2011
Today, City Council approved an In Camera report authorizing staff to conduct a Request for
Information (RFI), retain a fairness advisor and amend the Official Plan to begin the process
to potentially bring a hotel/convention centre to Mississauga's downtown.
"Great cities have great hotels to bring people to them," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.
"The addition of a new hotel/convention centre is a logical and necessary step in our
City's development. It is part of our City's master plan and something we need to remain a
competitive global city now and into the future."
The development that may result from the process is to be constructed on the six-acre
City-owned site that includes the Living Arts Centre (LAC).
"Staff recommended an RFI, a standard preliminary business process to collect information
for comparative purposes, as the most appropriate method to determine the interest in
developing a hotel/convention centre on the LAC site," said Janice Baker, City Manager and
CAO. "The results of the RFI would be brought back to Council for further consideration
and determination in terms of next steps. Given the large scale nature of the project on a
City-owned site, a Fairness Advisor will be retained to monitor the process and ensure fairness
Baker explained the RFI would also initiate an Official Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Community
Improvement Plan to accommodate a hotel/convention centre and related uses on the site. In
various planning and economic development documents, the City of Mississauga has contemplated a
hotel/convention centre in the downtown. A hotel/convention centre is a typical use in the
downtown of most urban cities as it brings numerous tourism and economic benefits to the area
and the city.
"Given the synergies that can be created with the Civic Centre, LAC, Square One and now
Sheridan College - all immediately adjacent to the site, I believe that it's one of the best
locations in the City for a hotel-convention centre," said Councillor Frank Dale for Ward
4 where the site is located.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in
the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by
focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money,
maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.
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