The proposed work will see the ongoing restoration and adaptive reuse of a structurally solid building shell.
Saved from intended demolition through designation under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Small Arms Building can now be re-purposed for a range of cultural activities in support of Arts Culture Heritage and Science, all consistent with Mississauga's new Strategic Plan and Cultural Master Plan.
The prevention of the demolition and subsequent heritage designation garnered an award from the "Rosie the Riveter" Organization in California, recognizing its national importance.
The facility will be supported through University of Toronto and Seneca College outreach facilities, market rental of facilities, Mississauga cultural grants, other foundations, and various event funding. At 700m from the Long Branch GO station and terminus for the Toronto Lakeshore streetcar line, the centre will attract transit riders throughout the GTA. In conjunction with our College and University partners the building will be retrofitted with cutting edge environmental technologies developed on site through a process of pilot projects.