Formerly, there were many motels in Mimico along the lake side of Lake Shore Blvd West, running easterly from where the Polish Hall is located towards downtown. The motels were popular spots for American tourists to stay during their driving holidays to Toronto. All the motels were demolished in the past 25 years, and replaced by condominium buildings at Humber Bay Shores.
Consequently, there are now no hotels located on the waterfront in South Etobicoke. The Principal at Humber College recently mentioned that it would be convenient if there were a hotel close by for the numerous out-of-town visitors to the College.
A hotel is a natural business for South Etobicoke, due to the proximity to the lake and water’s edge green belt and parks, the popularity of cycling in the area, the numerous heritage buildings in the area, and convenient transit to downtown.
Some research has been done and a “what if” imaginative scenario has been created showing what a hotel could include if it were located at the Polish Hall site. The Polish Hall site was a former restaurant named “The Pickfair” after movie stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, the “Brangelina” of their era.
Please enjoy reviewing this slideshow: BIG IDEA! What if … Proposed “PickFair Place Hotel & Conference Centre” for the Mimico Beach area … combining the old and the new … heritage and modern … economic revitalization and the Mimico waterfront …
A second suggested location for a hotel is the Mr. Christie’s site. Also, during a conversation with the principal of an architectural firm with hotel owners for clients, I was advised the most desirable location for any new hotel in the area would be the on waterfront. It was also mentioned that a 300 room hotel is considered to be “large”, which shows you don’t need to build high-rises everywhere, when a mid-rise will more than do the job.
After creating the hotel model for the Polish Hall site, the model was “lifted” and “set down” in the Mimico Beach Secondary Plan Alternative to the City Secondary Plan for Mimico. Coincidentally, it fit nearly perfectly onto a site at the corner of Superior Ave and a pedestrian roadway (Mimico Beach Promenade), overlooking proposed new parkland and Lake Ontario.