This place is truly a gem, a place right here in our neighbourhood with an extraordinary history, with a story worth telling to the rest of the country. A story of women and the war effort, a story of courage and sacrifice
MP Mississauga South
Developing a Centre for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Science in Ward 1
The Small Arms Building came under threat of demolition in the fall of 2008. Realizing the importance of the last physical reminder of the contributions the site made to the freedoms we enjoy today, Jim mobilized the community. The demolition was stopped and in the spring of 2009, the Small Arms was Designated as a valuable Heritage Building. An adaptive re-use plan was developed for the restoration and re-birth of the facility as a Centre for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Science.
The Legacy Foundation was incorporated to implement the project and further the goals of the groundbreaking Legacy Project. Partnerships were developed with Universities to use a portion of the building for Brownfield and Environmental Science studies on the waterfront.
Visual and performing artists will take residence in the complex. There will be a small theatre for performances and events. The 17,000-sq. ft. main hall will be a multi-use space, adaptable for conferences, community events, exhibitions, lectures, performances and farmers markets. The entire building will be a living, breathing celebration of the contributions this area has made to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and the world. The restoration of the Small Arms Building will give our community back its heart. It has already given us back our pride.
On July 30, 2015 the dream of turning the building into a centre for arts, heritage, science and culture moved closer to reality. The project will receive $1 million additional funding.
The next phase is to remove four concrete block walls, finish replacing the broken windows, heat the building and prepare the washrooms for rebuilding.
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