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It would have been nice as green space (MCC needs it) but at least it'll get more pedestrian traffic going and might encourage more ground level retail to develop.

Perhaps the few others chunks of land left over might not all turn up under concrete but I'm not holding my breath. MCC does have a few nice green spaces, but needs more.
It's green crap right now and considering it's on the north side of the LAC (with green space of its own), it should be developed with something that will generate pedestrian traffic and animate the outdoor area, since most of the action is currently in the mall.

There is additional park space being added directly west of LAC (running the whole block along One Park Tower) and that park will extend further west slicing through the new Parkside development, connecting to the park along Rathburn. That's plenty.

Besides, the college design itself might retain some of its own outdoor activity space. There would ideally be a couple of taller Ryerson-esque buildings and not wide stretching 2 story high school style structures. It sounds like the city will own everything and lease it to the school, which gives them a lot of influence over the way it fits into the surrounding area.
 

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Included should be Parkside, Pinnacle and Sheridan College. MCC still needs a new sporting and entertainment facility that could house new stacked rinks with pitches, etc. They should consolidate Famous players, Chapters and the Playdium and create a new entertainment area with mix use developments i.e. hotel, office, etc

http://www.torontosun.com/newhomesandcondos/2010/08/13/15015261.html

Creating that downtown feeling

Mississauga’s downtown vision: Creating an urban centre in the heart of suburbia

By DIANNE DANIEL Special to QMI Agency

Last Updated: August 13, 2010 12:56pm

Can a city centre shed its ghost town image? If the transformation under way in Mississauga is any indication, the answer just might be yes.

A few years ago, city planners had the foresight to change downtown residential zoning to encourage more high density tower developments, attracting the likes of Fernbrook Homes, the Daniels Corp., the Tridel Group and others. Among them is Davies Smith Developments, whose fourth high-rise condominium, the Onyx, will be ready for occupancy this September and is already more than 90 percent sold.

“It was the shift in thinking of the city that attracted us,” says Davies Smith Developments co-owner Ian Smith. “... We don’t like to turn out cookie cutter condos, so when the city zoning was on the move, we thought it would be interesting to see what we could do.”

The goal is to turn Mississauga’s downtown core into a vibrant, youthful centre, with shopping, entertainment, fitness facilities and all of the amenities that young professionals expect. “What makes a successful city core is when you maintain a residential population so that it doesn’t empty out after 5 p.m.,” notes Smith.

Davies Smith’s condominium towers – CityGate I and II, Solstice and Onyx – are located across from Square One Shopping Centre between Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. and Webb Dr. All four feature an ultra-chic steel and glass exterior, with clean finishes and open concept designs on the interior – including two-storey loft units with high ceilings – that appeal to urban professionals. The intent, says Smith, was to build on the success of CityGate I, which was recognized with an Urban Design Award of Excellence from the city. In keeping with the vision of an urban centre, shuttle bus service is provided to residents of CityGate I and II so they can visit nearby amenities and entertainment spots without the use of a car. Owners are also encouraged to join nearby fitness facilities and to take part in city events.

“It’s good to have open spaces but you need to have programming with it,” says Smith, noting that the City of Mississauga is in the process of revitalizing several public spaces and is starting to promote public events. “It’s a great way to bring people out to start mingling as part of a community.”

Meanwhile, there’s no doubt the cityscape is changing and will continue to do so as more master-planned communities are completed, including Fernbrook’s Absolute City Centre, Daniels’ Limelight and Tridel’s Ovation. Builders aren’t necessarily collaborating, but there is a trend towards the slick steel and glass designs that are prominent in other urban centres. Smith credits city planners for making zoning changes that attracted “developers who otherwise may have thought of Mississauga as a suburban centre.”

“What we’re trying to do is to bring some of the features that are becoming common in Toronto condo developments and saying there’s no reason these can’t be happening right here in Mississauga,” he says.
 
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Now that LRT is a project that is fully funded and will soon begin construction, you will more and more proposals for office towers popping up, generally speaking not sure if there is demand for it, several of the buildings in and around Square 1 have multiple units/floors for lease with one Condo development still searching for office tenants for there new office spaces which are near Square One. As well you are seeing the school board once again developing there plan for a significant retail space/commercial space project on a portion of the Britannia Farms lands. I think that square one would benefit from more mixed used developments and actual hubs of entertainment rather then office towers.
 

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https://www.insauga.com/heres-how-m...to-part-of-mississauga-over-the-next-10-years

Here’s How Many New Condos Will be Coming to Part of Mississauga Over the Next 10 Years
by Ashley Newport on November 11, 2018

While not everyone loves condos (because they blot out the sun, or something along those lines?), most residents will have to square with the fact that condo towers will continue to dot Mississauga's ever-evolving skyline.

In fact, the city could welcome 46 new towers to the City Centre area over the next 10 years.
"There are currently six towers under construction in the downtown core. Over the next 10 years we anticipate approximately 46 towers and approximately 24,494 units based upon preliminary meetings and master plans," says Jonathan Framme, development and central area, City of Mississauga.
While that sounds like a lot, residents should note that approval is only issued in short order of construction, not years in advance. In other words, while the towers are anticipated, they haven't all been approved—and won't be until construction is more imminent.

But while 46 potential new towers might sound shocking, the Mississauga condo boom is a good thing.
According to real estate company Zoocasa, the average home price in Mississauga in October (which consists of all home types combined), sits at $693,920 (a little below the high it hit in September). While all homes are relatively expensive, condos—even though they are becoming increasingly more valuable—are significantly more affordable than most low-rise homes.
The Toronto Real Estate Board recently announced that, in the 905 region, condos are costing buyers about $461,013 (up from $455,686 in September).
While $400,000+ isn't cheap, it's certainly less than $1 million.

So, what six towers are approved and currently under construction in the City Centre area.
Amacon is currently constructing towers at 4055 and 4085 Parkside Village Drive. The development will consist of two towers—one standing 25 storeys, the other 34—and 600 units and 1,288 m2 of commercial on the ground floor.

Daniels and Region of Peel Housing are currently at work on a mixed-use development that will boast both market-rate and affordable units. That building will take shape at 360 City Centre Drive and feature two towers—a 43-storey one and a 19-storey one. The building will boast 678 units and 721 m2 of commercial on the ground floor.
Another development—and a highly-anticipated one—is also under construction.
Right now, phase 1 and 2 of Rogers' M City (M1 and M2) are being built at 3980 Confederation Parkway. This development will feature two 61-storey towers with 1,575 units and 3,638 m2 of commercial on the ground floor.

And while it's not yet under construction, residents should note that M City's third tower—aptly titled M3—will feature 81 storeys.
Once built, M3 will be the tallest building in Mississauga and one of the tallest in the GTA.
 

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https://www.insauga.com/how-could-a-cancelled-lrt-affect-development-in-mississauga
How Could a Cancelled LRT Affect Development in Mississauga?
by Ashley Newport on November 14, 2018
in News Opinion
On Nov. 13, troubling speculation about the future of the Hurontario LRT—a $1.4 billion higher-order transit project set to take shape on one of Mississauga's busiest north/south corridors—emerged.
And while it is not yet clear whether or not the project is doomed (and at this point, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie appears optimistic that it will move forward as planned), the ramifications of possible cancellation are serious and vast.
But what's most unsettling at this point is the uncertainty of it all.
Yesterday, the Ontario NDP indicated that the approved transit project could be in serious jeopardy.
"After a concerning meeting with the ministry representatives where they refused to end rumors that the government is planning to cancel the planned Hurontario LRT and GO Electrification, I gave Doug Ford’s government another chance to set the record straight,” wrote Jessica Bell, NDP critic for transit, in a news release.
“Instead of clearing saying that these projects are still on the Ford government’s agenda, the minister responded with vague platitudes that didn’t even reference the projects that I had clearly asked about.”
The LRT, a $1.4 billion higher-order transit project being carried out by Metrolinx, will--if it does indeed go forward--span 20 km and run from Port Credit GO at Lakeshore Rd. in the south to the Brampton Gateway Terminal at Steeles Ave in the north.
The LRT will boast 22 stops and provide connections to the Port Credit and Cooksville GO stations, Mississauga Transitway, MiWay and Zum transit lines.
The PC government has not confirmed or denied rumors that the LRT is on the chopping block, but has insinuated that it’s not necessarily a done deal, citing “inefficiencies.”
“Our government is committed to improving the transit experience across the GTHA to get people moving and make life easier for Ontarians. We are determined to deliver a modern transit system that will serve the region’s growing communities, drive economic development and alleviate traffic congestion.” says Jeff Yurek, a spokesperson for the Transportation Minister.
“We have to eliminate the inefficiencies of the previous Liberal government and make sure we invest in efficient and effective transit projects that achieve the best value for our customer - the Ontario taxpayer. Our decisions will be based on what is best for the people of the GTHA, including Peel Region.”
While the PC's lack of clarity is certainly cause for concern, it's important to reiterate that the province has not promised to cancel the project.
Crombie also appears confident that the project will move forward.
"There has been no indication from the Ontario government that the project is not proceeding. Premier Ford committed to funding the Hurontario LRT and other transit projects during the provincial election campaign," Crombie said in an email to insauga.com.
"I look forward to working with the premier and his government to move Mississauga forward and see through this transformative project which will create jobs and get people moving across Mississauga and the GTA."
While the project has always been controversial amongst those who say the city would better benefit from more east/west transportation—as well as those who fear the LRT will contribute to rapid gentrification of the Cooksville neighbourhood, essentially forcing lower-income residents from the area—there's been little doubt that it will attract investment to the city.
In fact, it's safe to say it's one of the reasons Mississauga has attracted so many other grand-scale infrastructure projects—projects that could, potentially, be endangered by a cancelled LRT.
While Mississauga is no stranger to condo developments—which is a good thing, as condos are the last bastion of affordable housing in a region where the average detached home costs roughly $1 million—its upcoming LRT has no doubt made it more attractive to the developers at the helm of M City.
M City, a massive condo community that’s taking shape near Square One, broke ground relatively recently. It's the first residential development for the Rogers family and it will boast an 81-storey tower that will be the tallest in Mississauga and one of the tallest in the GTA.
The 8-tower, 15-acre, 4.3 million sq. ft. master-planned community, which also feature two acres of public parkland, is currently being built in the Burnhamthorpe and Confederation Parkway area—an area that would be well-serviced by an LRT.
M City isn't going to be the only site dotted with residential towers in the City Centre neighbourhood.
The City of Mississauga recently confirmed that 46 new towers are planned—not confirmed, but anticipated—for the downtown core over the next 10 years.
Six of those 46 (including phase 1 and phase 2 of M City) are currently under construction.
The city is also moving forward on two major redevelopment projects—Inspiration Lakeview and Inspiration Port Credit. While the Lakeview project won't take shape along the LRT corridor (it will be east of Hurontario and closer to the Etobicoke border), a cancelled LRT could create some headaches for those working on the Port Credit project.
For those who are unaware, major change is in store for a 73-acre parcel of land on the shores of Lake Ontario—also known as the former Texaco lands at 70 Mississauga Road South—following a recent agreement of purchase and sale with Port Credit West Village Partners Inc.
Proposed developments on the brownfield site include condos, townhouses, affordable housing, shops, businesses, a community centre, a beach, a town square and waterfront parkland. It will essentially be a posh, modern little village within the town, where residents will be able to live and work in the city with easy access to transit.
Perhaps less transit, should the LRT not move forward.
The city has also said that the redevelopment of the Britannia Farm lands is an important project in part because of the proximity to a future LRT stop.
While it's true that the province has not confirmed any plans to halt or cancel the LRT (which is a relief, as construction has already commenced in parts of the city), its inability to weigh in on the matter definitively is cause for concern.
If the project is considered another "inefficiency" that's easy to scrap for short-term gains (namely support from deficit hawks and those who insist that Ontario simply needs wider roads and more buses), the city could be thrown back 20 years. It will be much harder to justify constructing new towers when residents will be, quite rightly, fearful of the impact on traffic and congestion.
If the Ford government does decide to scrap the project—and we don't know if it will—it better have something else in mind to replace it.
Mississauga's growth and continued urbanization will depend on it.
 
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I really hope they go through with the LRT. While to most people it might seem unnecessary and a nuisance, it will be a vital part of the future.
The entire Hurontario corridor has been under development, espically past the 401 to 407 with a lot of offices taking residence there.
 

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