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Reimagining the Mall

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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 five* (5) 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 five* (5) 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!
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at erin mills
indoor walking path (glassed in)
hotel / convention centre (hospitals need a space for loved ones to stay)
indoor/outdoor skating & splash pad
something unique, like a wind guarded outdoor space for markets and music or unique activities

Loop 10 days ago

The community has outgrown Erin Mills Community Centre, and there are no larger halls for community meetings in the area. Could land around Erin Mills Town Centre be used to build a new community centre, freeing up space for Gonzaga SS to accommodate more students in a growing population?

clcc 11 days ago

Meadowvale Town Centre: A network of underground pedestrian tunnels like PATH with provision of shops and other amenities may be incorporated without any reduction in the parking areas. The tunnel will be connecting all business units in the Center. The underground parking may be designed after careful scheming of traffic requirements in the Center.

Saleem Akhtar 13 days ago

Re: The Sheridan Centre
I think this entire mall should be shut down, bulldozed and rebuilt into something more upscale similar to the Shops At Don Mills in Toronto. This would cater to those who reside in Sherwood Forest and on Mississauga Road. It could also become a sort of tourist destination for visitors from across the GTA. But if you do this, you should also do something about the run-down apartment buildings across the street. I don't like the idea of displacing people with low incomes, but these building are an eyesore and should be torn down!

Jack 15 days ago

I think its genius to add in senior living into the mall, as it would provide regular customers to the mall, who don't often get there without bus trips or families taking them. They need the grocery store, the post office, a place to walk all year round, without needing to travel to get there. So a mall re-invention is the ideal opportunity. To make it even more successful, I have seen amazing programs where children daycares are integrated within seniors living facilities, as benefits have been demonstrated to both group. Adding a "wing" with professional (rather than retail) such as a walk-in clinic, doctor office, naturopath, gym, and other services that both seniors and the general public need make it into a mini community. but it won't work if rents are higher than elsewhere. I think costs could also be better offset with all the wasted space on mall roofs, with solar panel energy, as I know malls are incredibly expensive to run. If the design allowed for rooftop gardens or creating outdoor space somehow, it would greatly help with seniors, and the whole community - community gardens, etc. With all of these ideas, there are wonderful volunteer opportunities to help seniors live a full life with everything at their fingertips. Business like the grocery store and bank, can dedicate one lane/teller as a SLOW lane, where people can take as long as they need. Often seniors suffer confusion and dementia, and studies have shown that a slow lane, along with volunteers, will encourage seniors to shop more and feel more independant without being rushed. I have 1000s of ideas and this best addresses our growing population. I truly do hope this is the direction that is taken with these malls in need of a revitalization.

SLoleary 16 days ago

Since I gave up driving, and now use a walker, my access to what is in malls has become very limited. Even at Meadowvale TC I am a nervous pedestrian dodging cars as I try to go from Shoppers to Canadian Tire. Heartland is hopeless, just a big parking lot, no place for pedestrians, even able-bodied ones. Erin Mills Town Centre works best for me--no parked cars, traffic, weather. I wish it had more and better stores. What is going to go in where Sears was?

evvie 18 days ago

Opinion for Erin Mills Town Centre about Centre Globe installed at the mall. Yes its there however what's the purpose installing this globe if its just plain and simple, no uniqueness at all WHY? To make alluring and nice they should install a light to illuminate at night especially when you are looking outside the mall rather than sitting only on top of the roof without a light - useless to have this beautiful globe without any accessories. Put a light to be able to see everyone at night while driving by. For sure, complain again another expense - then my question what's the purpose of the globe- for what?????

manelia 22 days ago

Others have mentioned Heartland Town Centre. I would also like to comment, although it's not on this list. This is the most disconnected and inconvenient place to shop. Even driving through this area is visually unappealing and of course congested due to the dozens of surface lots and strip plazas. This area could use some major redevelopment. It seems that not much thought went into planning this area, it only serves the car, and doesn't fit with the current plans of intensification and building a proper city. Toronto Premium Outlets is a great example of what this area could have been. Possible redevelopment could consist of infilling some of the surface parking areas with low rise mixed use condos and eliminating all interior surface parking, creating walkable streets and thruways between big box shopping areas. It could result in a combination of what Toronto Premium Outlets and Shops at Don Mills provides.

Joe about 1 month ago

In connecting all of these spaces to their respective communities the first step should be towards eliminating all surface parking. Create centralized multilevel parking structures that are connected to the mall and surrounding future development (Stockyards). Or use all surface parking areas for residential and office space development at the same time building sufficient underground parking within these structures to feed the area (Eaton Centre). Most likely a combination of the two. Build walkable streets or small thruways within the area that provide a village feel (Shops at Don Mills) and include public outdoor spaces for people to gather, art displays, eat their lunch, etc...(TD Centre).

In addition to this transit along the major routes feeding these areas needs to the improved. The Dundas Connects project is a great example. The same should also be considered for the Burnamthorpe, Eglinton, Brittania, and Erin Mills corridors.

Joe about 1 month ago

It be nice to completely facelift the sheridan center mall. Vacancy of tenants have left it dead but it has great features like the large fountain and library. Perhaps far fetched but why not put a kids fairway in similar to woodbine? You could also build a small 10 storey condo ontop of the mall. In turn, the convenience of condo owners would create needs for barbers, hairdressers, nail salons, breakfast joints, all currently in existence there but struggling due to lack of need. It is a very family dense area so looking at the demograph a fairway would also attract alot of traffic (the mall is also right next to the QEW and public transportation so people from nearby areas could easily access the mall). Even a farmers market would ve great! I dont know the reasons as to why sheridan is struggling other then suspecting high rent and large, close by big box stores competition, but creating a family friendly go to is much needed and would prosper.

JP about 1 month ago

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 4 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago