Mississauga pledges $2.2mn for full-size Avro Arrow replica

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For those who might wonder what an Avro Arrow is in the first place, it was a supersonic jet designed and built in the 50s when Malton was in its heyday.

The City of Mississauga has pledged $2.2 million toward the building of a replica of that supersonic jet, which will be placed next to the restored CF-100 in Paul Coffey Park. According to a city report, this will “provide a significant landmark for Mississauga” as it will be hard for air passengers flying in and out of Pearson International Airport to miss it.

The project is estimated to cost over $3.6 million and the $2.2 million which makes up Mississauga’s contribution comes through ward special projects and the municipal accommodation tax reserve funds.

Around $844,000 in donations and in-kind services have been pledged, including $100,000 from an anonymous donor and $56,360 from the Malton BIA — who will be responsible for building and installing the replica.

Funding from the city would be contingent on the Malton BIA securing commitment of all funds and in-kind services for the project, including a $500,000 grant from the Canadian heritage department’s legacy fund.

An estimated project timeline in the city staff report shows an intended start in winter of 2020 and completion in fall of 2022.

Perhaps given that there is a shortage of homeless shelters and affordable housing in Mississauga, someone creative could’ve thought of creating micro apartments within that replica aircraft. The rent paid by the three or four families living inside that aircraft could eventually pay for the whole project. -CINEWS

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  1. The project is funding by private donors, a tourism fund for tourism specific projects and other sources for such infrastructure and not using municipal tax dollars as you mention already. Similar strategies have been used to develop tourism in Toronto and all the other major cities for a very long time. Mississauga is spending on affordable housing from municipal taxes and this project’s funding does not impact that. The location is a public park which isn’t meant for housing of any kind to begin with with. This project is meant to bring enjoyment to local residents (who have such interest) and tourists and will uplift the local area. The income will help workers and residents economically and bring more tax revenue which would further fuel initiatives towards affordable housing. The comment at the end is not appropriate and somewhat insulting to those residents and Business owners who also wish to have development in their local park and also insulting to those needing affordable housing as you joke about them to live inside replica planes.