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Debate rages on over 'ugly' building
Mississauga News - Mississauga, Ont.
Date: Jan 24, 2013
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Section: News
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Wiping snow from the hood of his car, George Avanesian pauses to glance up at the towering brick facade of the Creditview Mills housing project in Mississauga. "It's good," the nearby resident shrugs. "Maybe they should build more." Now on the cusp of completion, the two red-brick towers of Peel Region's newest subsidized housing complex were singled out this week by local councillor Ron Starr and mayor Hazel McCallion. Unlike Avanesian, Starr and McCallion think it's in need of a spruce-up. Starr raised the issue at Peel Region council Tuesday, when he compared the buildings to "an industrial prison," The Mississauga News reported. Since construction costs fell short of the $53 million budget, Starr suggested they address his esthetic judgment and spend $200,000 to install faux balconies of aluminum on the buildings' exteriors. Brampton Councillor Paul Pelleschi approves. In fact, the faux balconies were his idea, and despite calls for further study of the matter, he said it's a done deal. No council vote is necessary, because no budgetary amendment is needed to spend the cash, he said. "I talked to (Peel Region) management about it. We met several times about it and they agreed with my scenario," he said. "It's going forward, absolutely." The 250-unit project consists of two towers with neat rows of windows.

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