Yea I'm actually concerned about the vitality of that retail, so 500K is pretty darn large, it's half of Farview mall for example; I'm not so sure how well all that retail will do.
Now mind you, a lot of developments build "a lot" of retail in the range of say 50/100K < that's probably not enough to be a destination, whereas this is, so that's a positive but still, think of the competition (Eaton Center / Queen Street / ... the path) - this development adds just 1 office building, mind you a very big one, I'm not sure that'll really be enough.
It'll be interesting to see how they do with securing tenants ahead of time (for the retail).
Very good point; A few big box stores will leave very little left over, not sure we'd all want to see that but if you had, for example, a large grocery store, a winners / ...
The winners will have to move when the lease is up.There is a winners, and a homesense, within a couple blocks of this site, and a marshals and linen closet within a couple more blocks. I hope they get something better than that here. Mind you they did just open up a new winners two blocks south of the existing one on Yonge so you never know.