In case you haven't noticed, the busiest shopping season of the year is upon us, so what better time to check in with the planned revamp of one of the busiest malls in the country — Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Oxford Properties is embarking on a $220 million expansion project of Yorkdale that will see 40 additional stores added to the mega-mall. The expansion won't be ready until next year's holiday season, so we'll have to make-do with the exising 250+ retailers this year. In addition, a new residential project, The Station Condos On The Subway, is underway at nearby at Wilson subway station.

Check out the renders of what is planned for Yorkdale:

Rendering by MMC Architects of the new expansion area outside of YorkdaleRendering by MMC Architects of the new expansion area outside of Yorkdale


Rendering by MMC Architects of the new expanded Yorkdale, completed by late 2012Rendering by MMC Architects of the new expanded Yorkdale space to be completed by the end of 2012

Recent photos of the construction site provided by Forum member drum118, give a close-up look at the progress:

The Yorkdale construction site in August 2011.  Image by UT forum member, drum11The Yorkdale construction site in August 2011. Image by UT forum member, drum118


Image by UT forum member, drum118, taken in October 2011Image by UT forum member, drum118, taken in October 2011


Image by UT forum member, drum118, taken in October 2011Image by UT forum member, drum118, taken in October 2011


Image by UT forum member, drum118, taken in October 2011Image by UT forum member, drum118, taken in October 2011


UT forum member, Big Daddy's mock rendering of Yorkdale's new expansion areaUT forum member, Big Daddy's mock rendering of where the new expansion will be located in relation to the existing mall


The Yorkdale construction site in August 2011.  Image by UT forum member, drum11The Yorkdale construction site in August 2011. Image by UT forum member, drum118

Along with the new retail, there will be 800 much-needed underground parking spaces added to Yorkdale. More exciting, however, is the addition of a 69,000 square foot green roof that will extend the roof's lifespan and reduce atmospheric heating. A 30,000 square foot rooftop solar PV installation will generate clean electricity for usage by the mall. As a result of its green efforts, Yorkdale will be a candidate for silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Yorkville is twice as productive as the average shopping centre, generating $1,207 per square foot in sales [according to this 2010 Toronto Star article). With big-name retailers such as J. Crew, TopShop and 7 For All Mankind opening new outlets in the mall this year, interest is building about what new retailers will claim space in Yorkdale in 2012.