IE10 and below are not supported.

Contact us for any help on browser support

Reimagining the Mall

Reimagining the Mall Logo - Google Location Symbols with symbolizing transit, banks, parks, libraries, cycling, houses, restaurants, parking, schools, grocery stores and of course, malls.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Mississauga is growing and our communities are evolving. To ensure the healthy development of our City, we are creating policies to direct potential redevelopment and intensification at strategic areas. The Reimagining the Mall project will guide the long-term evolution of six areas anchored by the following indoor shopping malls:

The study will help to ensure that future intensification in these areas is done in a way that fosters healthy, mixed-use communities. The idea being that you can live, work, play and raise a family all within your own “complete community". The purpose of the project is to make sure that land use policy is proactively in place should a landowner choose to redevelop in the future.

Reimagining the Mall is being led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with the Region of Peel. A consultant team led by Gladki Planning Associates, and supported by DTAH and urbanMetrics, is providing specialized expertise in land use planning, policy development, urban design, and finance.


HAVE YOUR SAY

Have suggestions about how we can reimagine our malls and the areas around them? We want to hear from you! Each phase of the engagement process will have a variety of ways to participate. Check back often to learn about the ways you can get involved online and in-person.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Mississauga is growing and our communities are evolving. To ensure the healthy development of our City, we are creating policies to direct potential redevelopment and intensification at strategic areas. The Reimagining the Mall project will guide the long-term evolution of six areas anchored by the following indoor shopping malls:

The study will help to ensure that future intensification in these areas is done in a way that fosters healthy, mixed-use communities. The idea being that you can live, work, play and raise a family all within your own “complete community". The purpose of the project is to make sure that land use policy is proactively in place should a landowner choose to redevelop in the future.

Reimagining the Mall is being led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with the Region of Peel. A consultant team led by Gladki Planning Associates, and supported by DTAH and urbanMetrics, is providing specialized expertise in land use planning, policy development, urban design, and finance.


HAVE YOUR SAY

Have suggestions about how we can reimagine our malls and the areas around them? We want to hear from you! Each phase of the engagement process will have a variety of ways to participate. Check back often to learn about the ways you can get involved online and in-person.

Have suggestions about how we can reimagine our malls and the areas around them? Please share them with us here!
Ajax loader transparent
Didn't receive confirmation?
Seems like you are already registered, please provide the password or use a different email ID

For malls like Square One that have a traffic signal used by pedestrians to access the mall from the transit terminal, make sure that traffic signal is set by default for pedestrians to cross and make vehicles trigger the light change after at least 60 seconds. It is NUTS to see 20 or more pedestrians waiting at Square One to cross Square One Drive to/from the terminal while NO cars are approaching on Square One Drive from either direction. Because of this, I often see pedestrians disregarding that signal. If the City is serious about getting more people to use transit, then they should make things as easy as possible for pedestrians to access the mall. Right now, if the weather is bad, pedestrians have to wait for the signal change without the benefit of any shelter right next to the road.

keith.campbell about 1 month ago

Do we have a sustainability officer for Mississauga? I know Toronto has one, but would be interested to know if Mississauga/Meadowvale has their own? They would be a great resource for this particular type of project.

Mally about 2 months ago

Incorporate Low-Impact Development features and plant shade trees as malls and parking lots are redeveloped. Higher temperatures and more frequent and intense storms make these large, wide open spaces uncomfortable for people. Capture rainwater and reuse it to irrigate landscaping or allow it to infiltrate into the ground on-site. Manage puddling and ice formation with permeable paving. Plant large caliper, native deciduous trees in soil cells with high quality soil. Trees provide shade and capture storm water, make vast urban spaces more pedestrian-friendly, beautify the city, and enhance the natural environment. Make shoppers' health and wellbeing a priority!

KMB about 2 months ago

I'd like to see most of these malls focus much more on services, including personal hygiene, fitness, relaxation places (hang outs), etc. I do less and less mall shopping each year, instead going out to big box stores if needed. If I do shop at a mall it is for a very unique store I can't find anywhere else. I realize many people can't get out to the larger stores easily, however, feel that in the long term primary purpose for many of these establishments will be services not shopping.

VDB about 2 months ago

I would like to see areas in malls that look and feel like village squares in Europe and around the world. There should be strings of lights overhead. Tables and chairs would be set up like cafes and people could order coffee and light meals. In the summer, iced coffee. Sometimes there could be live music. There could be some trees or large plants to add to the atmosphere but it would be a gathering place where people would want to meet. Maybe it could celebrate Canadian multiculturalism with events like community groups sponsoring for a week or a month. Café in Paris. Village square in Mumbai. Local restaurants could offer ethnic coffees, snacks. Local music. Tour companies could provide backdrops to promote trips there. Could be a lot of fun. Possibly pet friendly.

AnneMarie about 2 months ago

Sheridan Mall
Put a GoodLife gym in the mall. Put a couple of speciality stores to attract younger audience. Make it s place to go hang out

Pattirun 3 months ago

Here are my suggestions on some of the mall sites/nodes being considered in this study:

Meadowvale Town Centre:
- Wider sidewalks implemented by reduced parking and further street setback. Incorporate plantings and benches.
- Implement shortcut pedestrian walkway between Dollar Store and former Turtle Jacks by eliminating E-W road and replacing it with wide pedestrian walkway.
- Replace former Library space with Transit Terminal Facility, including coffee shop and public washrooms.
- Improve overall Transit Terminal space. Add playground or secondary place of worship in vacant land between Professional Centre and Church.
- Long term: add 2-3 story office space above existing buildings in southern/newer part of outdoor mall.

Erin Mills Town Centre:
- The renovations are really good. However, the stores are still lacking and I would rather go to Square One or Heartland than Erin Mills. Ideally, it should offer a mix of stores not in the general area and the popular staples. Here is a proposed list: Hollister, Superdry, Cheesecake Factory, Lush, Apple, Samsung, Uniqlo, Sephora, Diesel.
- Hotel, Convention Centre, and Office Complex in southeast corner of property, with connection to Hospital, as alluded to already.
- Add a movie theatre or gym in northwest corner of the mall building as mentioned previously; an extension attached to where the old movie theatre used to be, but with separate outdoor entrance.
- Unfortunately, I believe the Winston Churchill and Erin Mills Transitway stations greatly reduced the potential of EMTC serving as a transit node. There should be wider sidewalks and bike paths along Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, and Eglinton leading to these stations.
- Add lighted cricket pitch with stands in vacant land west of Loblaws
- Condos planned for NE corner Erin Mills and Eglinton should be in 8-12 story range. I think current plan is too dense. Another option is to improve the architectural design of the development; something like River City in Toronto could work here if developer insists on 20 story range condos.

South Common Centre:
- The remaining indoor mall portion in the centre should be replaced by an open air mall, with a wide pedestrian walkway in the centre going from east to west, and stores with 5-10 story mixed-use (residential, loft, office) above them on each side. This would act like a main street.

Hope this helps!

jArch22 3 months ago

I understand that these six indoor malls are important places identifies for notable intensification but I wonder why some of the smaller indoor malls have not been considered.

Westdale Mall, for example, is an "L" shaped indoor mall with two outdoor stores at the opposite corner of the overlarge parking lot.

With a long frontage along Dundas St. and on Erindale Station Road, there is a room for low rise live/work spaces or additional commercial space that truly meets the street.

Westdale is already a transit hub (with the 101 & 101 Express buses, 1 & 1C & 38 local corridor buses, and 4 & 6 local connector buses) and has a good number of midrise buildings and townhouse complexes within walking distance.

With the proposal to add Bus Rapid Transit and the Dundas Connects plan, this would be a good opportunity to transform what is identified as an important node along a major street corridor.

Moaz 3 months ago

The idea that you can work, live and play is an outdated expression from Richard Florida's early work which is frequently questioned by many urban political scientists. Unless the City is going to invest billions that they do not have, or take over the jurisdiction for issues they do not control the idea of redeveloping Sheridan Mall and the surrounding area into this model is at best far reaching.

Maybe a better place to start is to identify the types of activities that should or could be incorporated into a redesigned or more likely a redeveloped mall. Given that the private property owner has the most influence of outcomes we should first assume that any mall redevelopment will have to incorporate residential, most likely condo development to satisfy the developer's economic motives and the provincial mandate for intensification. Given these factors:

1. What is the potential population addition to this area and how does this affect traffic, trsnsportation and education support needs?
2. What needs to be incorporated to make this mall/area have much more appeal to residents and visitors?
3. Is the City prepared to provide resources both manpower and reallocate grant funds to develop more arts and cultural activities so that local residents are not forced to attend events that currently are only focused on Port Credit or Celebration Square?
4. Without any understanding of local demographics there needs to be a recognition that any mall redesign should allow for year round open spaces for all age groups to enjoy. The overall design should be walker friendly; cluster like minded activities; and incorporate many agency groups: medical, licensing,libraries, dental, education.
5. Why not move some of the City staff currently housed at City Hall to this area to increase mall utilization and bring more focus to this area?
6. Where possible and affordable provide underground or overground walkways to link different areas including the other side of Erin Mills.
7. Incorporate hotels into this space with immediate access to the mall. This again helps to support higher quality restaurants and services. Ditto the theatre idea.
8. Build into any redesign space for exhibits, performing arts, kids programs.
9. Overall, the main theme should be to create a new "village" or hub that offers all residents more amenities without full gentrification.

Steve Ferguson 3 months ago

Bring movie theaters back to local malls like Erin Mills Town Center, but with access on the outside of the mall. Walking indoors is a nice option on rainy days and in the winter, but increasingly becoming important in the summer with really hot days. I would like to have more options to either walk inside or outside depending on the weather. So access both inside and outside the mall.

MammaMia 3 months ago

Not related to subject at hand. Just wondering if there is a plan to install a traffic light at Ninth Line and Terragar. Traffic has built up, finding it scary to turn left from Terragar to Ninth Line. Also hope that earlier project to widen ninth line be funded and implemented. This will be a great benefit to your friends here. Thanks.

Francis 3 months ago

The north east corner of erin mills parkway and erin centre Blvd which is across the erin mills town centre could be developed into a walking parkette as it has a body of water and land around it.

MD 3 months ago

As a parent of young children it is cumbersome and time consuming to constantly take your children in and out of a car seats just to be able to visit more than one store. For example at Heart Land Town Centre ( I realize this location is not a focus of this study but I mention it as it's closest to my home) children clothing stores are very far apart from each other requiring to either load and unload kids in car seats then drive to each store creating more traffic or try to walk with small children in a non-pedestrian friendly area (forget about this when the weather is bad). Additionally places like this are washroom limited and have no nursing facilities. For the reasons I just mentioned and a few more I would drive out of my way to shop at Erin Mills Town Centre. And I did this even while the mall was under heavy construction as it was still more convenient to park, eat and shop. Additionally the size of the mall is manageable to be effective with my time. In addition I saw someone’s question about the conditions of Rockwood Mall I would like to remark that though the Food Court is a bit out of date it is clearly a well-used and enjoyed by the members of its community. I often see a large number of “regulars” meeting for coffee or lunch. It’s clearly not only a mall but a place to meet and socialize.

MD 3 months ago