If you venture northwest in the Greater Toronto Area and past Pearson Airport, you’ll find Southgate, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the Bramalea area of Brampton. There are now numerous redevelopment plans for the area around the Bramalea City Centre shopping mall which, especially on properties adjacent to the mall. Southgate, the 'E and F streets' phases of Bramalea, is populated by structures mostly dating back to the 1970s, and an application a little further from the shopping mall here is for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment. Submitted by Humphries Planning Group Inc on behalf of Anclare Holdings, the Southgate Plaza Redevelopment would lead to four new towers.

Looking northwest to 700 Balmoral Drive, designed by Architecture Unfolded for Anclare Holdings

This would mean a major redevelopment for the site located 700 Balmoral Drive. The land is about 19,000m² in size and is found on the northwest corner of Eastbourne Drive and Balmoral Drive, northwest of Torbram Road and Steeles Avenue. There is currently a commercial plaza with a No Frills at the site, with the redevelopment plans including a commercial/food store relocated at grade.

Looking west from Eastbourne Drive to the plaza and and No Frills at the subject site, image retrieved from Google Street View

Upon completion, the proposal calls for a mixed-use development comprised of two buildings with four towers in total. The two podiums would each connect two of the towers. The design by Architecture Unfolded has towers with 10, 12, 18, and 20 storeys, with the largest of them standing 29.5m. The buildings would be substantially mixed-use, featuring about 67,937m² of residential gross floor area, alongside 4,613m² of commercial use.

A mix of indoor and outdoor amenities is proposed, with 360m² in the buildings and 2,226m² outside on the rooftop of the third floor. The site would have two access points: the southwestern end of the property at Balmoral Drive, and the midway point of the site on the east side at Eastbourne Drive. Despite the site's one-bus direct connection to Bramalea GO station or to Bramalea City Centre, the suburban nature of the area means that approximately 1,365 parking spots are proposed within two levels of underground parking. At grade, the proposal includes 61 parking spaces for visitors, retail use, and accessible parking.

An aerial view of 700 Balmoral Drive with the subject site outlined, image from submission to City of Toronto

Pedestrians would have a walkway system interconnected across the development for access to public streets and the property’s commercial units. The surrounding area has undergone changes over the years that include residential intensification and many commercial and institutional buildings. Drivers are well-serviced by local roads, with the subject site in close proximity of Bramalea Road and Highway 407.

An aerial view of 700 Balmoral Drive, designed by Architecture Unfolded for Anclare Holdings

There are numerous development and redevelopment projects planned for the area. The Planning Justification Report gives an overview of three examples of mixed-use and high-rise developments being proposed. The proposal notes the potential for the site, given the population growth and under-utilized commercial spaces. The Southgate Plaza Redevelopment would be one step in plans for vertical commercial growth and high-density residential spaces to further urbanize Brampton.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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