Creditvale Mills, Mississauga’s new affordable housing looks like an “industrial prison” –Councillor Ron Starr. Now YOU decide.
January 23rd, 2013
“I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.” —Mayor Hazel McCallion, July 7, 2010
This is a follow-up to the January 22, 2013 Mississauga News article, “Councillors slam ‘industrial prison’ design of social housing project” which states:
Peel Region is considering spending an extra $200,000 to improve the look of a new social housing project in Mississauga that some politicians are calling an ugly building.
“I’d advise anyone to drive by and take a look at this industrial prison. That’s basically what it looks like,” said Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr, referring to Creditvale Mills, an affordable housing complex nearing completion at the southwest corner of Creditview Rd. and Eglinton Ave.
As always, complete with video transcript.
Mississauga’s new affordable housing, Creditvale Mills, looks like an “industrial prison”. (6:36 min)
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MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked opposite Creditvale Mills affordable housing complex, January 23, 2013.
It is Wednesday, January 23, 2013 and I’m parked here at the gas station across the room from this building at Creditview and Eglinton.
And it’s funny. I’ve been driving past this building pretty much every day, on my way to my parents’ place as well as Mississauga Civic Centre. And I didn’t know what it was. I was baffled, actually.
Because it really doesn’t fit in with City of Mississauga’s concept of how buildings are to be built.
You know most of the buildings will have shops down here —sort of walkable place. But. I didn’t know what it was.
Didn’t look like an office building. Didn’t look like an apartment complex. In fact, it looked to me, very much like Soviet Era architecture.
And yesterday, in The Mississauga News I read that this turned out to be social housing —and much sorely-needed social housing in the Region of Peel. We’ve got an obscene waiting list.
And then there was some kerfuffle raised by Councillor Ron Starr —Ward 6, and I assume this is in his area. About how it looks like a prison.
And what they’re suggesting is that they’re going to start putting balconies on this building, just to make it more attractive. It’s going to be interesting how they’re even going to do that.
Let’s zero in on this top area.
So, the expense of these balconies, proposed, is $200.000. An aesthetic thing, that they’ll put up here. There’s some who’ll say that’s silly.
So, it’s going to be interesting how they’re going to do it. And I’ve also noticed that around the other side there’s a sort of play area.
And we have a gas station here. Car wash. There’s going to be a kind of automotive thing across the road. So the area itself isn’t all that aesthetic.
However on the bright side, you just have to walk out your building and there’s a bus stop. Oh wait a second. And another bus stop right there. So it’s really close to transit.
And also across the road here is a bit of a strip mall including a grocery store. So it’s convenient that way.
So. This is the new social housing unit built here at the city of Mississauga. Sponsored also by the Region of Peel. My understanding is that the City of Mississauga donated the property that it’s on. [Ed. correction. Mississauga News reports “The City of Mississauga donated half the land, valued at $1 million.”]
And I also want to say that the Mississauga News article —the online comments are ghastly. Absolutely ghastly.
And what people are saying is, well don’t bother putting balconies up —aesthetic, because the people living here are going to turn it into a shit hole anyway. Including an area for drugs and crime —and you name it. I mean, it was just awful.
Just hateful, hateful people.
And oh, the other thing I know is that in addition to affordable housing here, there’s also a seniors’ building. So I’m not sure if it’s that’s the seniors’ building or this is.
But it’s also good that there’s affordable housing specifically for seniors as well. Sorely sorely needed.
And I will try to get around the other side. Cuz there looks to be parking there.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked in the Creditvale Mills affordable housing complex, January 23, 2013.
It is Wednesday, January 23, 2013 and I’ve pulled around to the back of the building. And this is what it looks like. Don’t want to get out. Because I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be on this property or not.
That’s what it looks like.
I’ll just roll down the window here. And there’s —looks like underground parking.
And there’s the playground that I talked about. You can kind of see it.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked by the playground, Creditvale Mills affordable housing complex, January 23, 2013.
It is Wednesday, January 23, 2013 and I’ve just pulled over to the back of the affordable housing unit and decided to inspect the playground. There it is.
I think it’s going to be nice. It’s certainly large enough.
Although this fencing does really make it look like a prison. But you know, you gotta protect the kids. Absolutely have to.
Anyway, that’s it.
Brand new. And sorely needed. And we better go. Turning camera off.
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
UPDATE January 23, 2013 10:20 pm. I just discovered that Chris Hume, Toronto Star’s just did a video on today as well!
Chris Hume on Creditvale Mills in Mississauga
“The ‘ugly factor’ of Creditvale Mills should be addressed at the beginning of the project and not at the end says The Star’s architecture critic Chris Hume.” —Toronto Star
(Gee. Ya think!)