On December 5, 2011, the Standing Policy Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage and Riverbank Management passed these items. They now go to EPC on Wednesday for approval.
Heritage Building Leases
The city has recommended entering into a new 25 year lease with the Hamilton Building at 395 Main. The deal is for 66,194 sq ft at a rate of $14.95 per. The city has leased the building since 1991.
The other deal is for 69,343 sq. ft in the Confederation Life Building (one of my favourites) at 457 Main Street. The city has been leasing space there since 1998.
For details of the deals check out the EPC agenda
Farewell Mostyn Place
Another item that will come up at EPC is the renaming of Mostyn Place to Granite Place (or Granite Way) as requested by the ca 1913 Granite Curling Club. That facility is the only mailing address on the street. Council adopted new, easier renaming rules in late September.
As I did with Repelje last year, I thought I would look back at Mostyn Place before it disappears from our maps !
Mostyn Place was created in 1903 when the Manitoba Mortgage and Investment Company subdivided that tract of land. There are three interrelated sources for the name.
The manager of the company was Mr. Lansing L. M. Lewis, the L. M. stood for Llewellyn Mostyn. Lewis' son was also named Llewellyn Mostyn Lewis and used Mostyn as his first name. The origin of the middle name likely goes back to their apparent Welsh background, (though they were second generation Canadians.) Mostyn is a port village in northern Wales.
Lansing Lewis, sometimes referred to as Captain Lewis, was a Montrealer involved in the insurance business. He came to Winnipeg and served as Aide-de-Camp for Lieutenant Governors Cauchon and Aikins. He was also involved in a number of business ventures, the main one being insurance firm Lewis and Kirby. He was also secretary of the Winnipeg Board of Trade for at least the year 1883.
Lewis was a late entrant to the 1889 city council race. He was approached about running in Ward One on November 26, 1888 and easily won a one year term on December 11th.
As a rookie councillor he had a lot of key responsibilities. For a time he was chair of the finance committee and when Mayor Thomas Ryan (the boot guy) was out of town on business, he often filled in as acting mayor. The Free Press commented that "Alderman Lewis fills the mayor's chair with dignity and ability" (Oct. 1, 1889). Lewis did not run for another term.
Montreal Gazette, March 23, 1927
In 1892 he wound up the firm Kirby and Lewis and returned to Montreal where he continued in business and his work in the church.
When he died in 1927 he took the unusual step of preparing a letter that was read out at his funeral. In it he thanked his friends and affirmed his deep faith in God. He concluded by saying:
"Life is a mystery- but as Dr. Drummond wrote. 'Don't worry about it, just play the game.' Good luck to you all and farewell.
- Lansing Lewis"
- Lansing Lewis"