RioCan REIT is proposing to redevelop Shoppers World in Brampton. Located at the northwest corner of Main Street South and Hurontario Street, the mall would be replaced by a whole neighbourhood of new high-rise, mid-rise, and townhome buildings designed by Quadrangle, connected by a new road network and public spaces. A total of 380,000 m²/4,090,286 ft² is planned across the site, including 88,000 m² of non-residential and 295,000 m² of residential floor space, accounting for approximately 5,000 units spread across buildings ranging from three to 28 storeys tall.
It is expected that a significant share of the residential component would be built as rental housing, though the precise breakdown between rental and condo ownership tenure is subject to change as the development evolves through the local planning process. The plan suggests a balanced mix of one, two, and three-bedroom apartment and townhouse units.
The 21 ha/58 acre site would be criss-crossed by four new public streets tied into the surrounding urban fabric. The streets would form a grid framing eight mixed-use and residential development blocks and one public park block, which may be further divided by several private local streets.
The site’s position along the west bank of Etobicoke Creek was factored into the planned landscape and public realm design by SvN. Some of the notable landscape elements that will tie the community together include an expansion of the existing Kaneff Park at the west end of the site, a series of hardscaped public plazas connecting the Brampton Gateway Transit Terminal to a proposed retail 'high street' and central square, and several green courtyards, pocket parks, and landscaping features along the new streets.
A phasing plan indicates that the project is being planned as a long-term regeneration, acknowledging that the full build out of the site may take 25 to 30 years. RioCan’s leasing agreements with existing Shoppers World tenants will have a major impact on the phasing plan, and the site’s southwest corner has been identified as the location of the project's initial phase which could begin as early as next year.
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|BDP Quadrangle, Counterpoint Engineering, RioCan REIT, RJC Engineers, SvN