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.

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I wish we had a “power centre” similar to the retailors around Winston Churchill and Argentia. The shopping options on the southwest side of town is limited. And the main retailers I shop at are peppered throughout those shopping malls listed. There is no middle range grocery store like The Canadian Superstore this side of town. It’s either No Frills or Walmart with limited grocery options or higher end stores like Sobey’s or Longo’s or Loblaws. I only go to Erin Mills Town Centre to shop at Walmart, or The Gap/ Old Navy or Bulk Barn. I would make the trip to Square One to shop for clothes and shoes since there are many more options. The only time I visit Sheridan Mall is to renew my drivers license. Meadowvale Town Centre has the only Canadian Tire this side of town. A lot of my shopping is being done online now so I feel we may not need this many mid size malls around this side of town. However I had hoped Erin Mills would become the second main shopping mall in the city when it was being renovated. The interior design of that mall is just not comfortable for shopping.

Lovetoshop 5 months ago

I think Rockwood Mall should have a better food court and a more variety of stores/offices. It looks really old and abandoned. Maybe add another floor? I think all of the above malls should have a second floor if they don't already have one

J 5 months ago

All these malls would benefit with many more trees/shrubs in and around the parking lots. I'm talking a few hundred. Consider adding more walkways for people to use rather than the road (an example is the pathway between Erin Mills Town Centre Bus Terminal and the mall).

South Common Mall has the main roadway separating the parking lot from the mall. Every shopper must cross this leading to congestion and safety concerns.

The South Common Mall Starbucks has a patio but faces Erin Mills Parkway and The Collegeway - noisy and ugly. Some dense trees would help here.

Most Malls are surrounded by a sidewalk but getting from the sidewalk to the mall is intimidating. For example, try to access BMO at South Common Mall from Burnhamthorpe/Erin Mills Parkway. You can climb a grass hill here but why not have stairs or a walkway? Starbucks has the same problem.

Pedestrian and bicycle access to the malls is intimidating. It generally involves crossing huge parking lots and jumping curbs. The Glen Erin Trail has a side trail leading to the South Common Community Centre but it falls short getting to South Common Mall - again jumping curbs and wandering through a maze of parking lots.

earlclose 5 months ago

I would like the designers to find creative ways to ensure maximum natural light in the malls and this to be mandatory.
Create courtyards where the food court can seasonally be in the open air.
Create engaging spaces where all generations can come and not only spend money - but spend time together.
Have a zen area, a yoga area, tai chi, meditation, fountains, chimes even, where people can come especially in the winter to find that quiet moment that we so need.
We are more and more looking inward for the meaning of our lives, on-line shopping is taking over, how do you want to keep this Retail Therapy on-going - by having therapy for elders and the tired of our community to come here with their families and have this free and deliciously fulfilling space while they wait for those who are shopping.
Keeping the Malls that are in our City innovative in environmental conscious ways - you are spending so much money, you might as well look at this project as if you had a looking glass that you could look into the next 3 to 4 decades and see what will be the life we will be living and make this the answer to that. You will become the springboard for changing the Mall to be what used to be the Village Square where everyone came to trade, know your community, share ideas and become friends.
Mississauga needs people to come here from other cities to feel that experience and we could set the standard to - our Malls are buildings that create connections with the Community who live, work and play here.
Instead of those dummy cars that you need to put a dollar and they don't move - you know the children like to play, have engaging equipment that make children safely move more, and grow their minds. Have the same in which their parents/grandparents can also participate.
And I come from my heart for this - create a multitude of spaces at different levels of the Malls where artists, poets, writers, and dancers, musicians, mimes, puppeteers oh the list is long!, can make a difference to the Community who come here - either for free or you pay them a small fee that will help them keep doing and practicing their much needed creativity. Mississauga protects the Arts, and the Mall sure can embrace their artists so that the shoppers are inspired by these Mississauga Artists - this is vital - important and urgent. (And watch how your social media engagement will flourish with this art scene - you will not believe it!)

Tasnim Jivaji 5 months ago

Rockwood mall is perfect dont change it :(

nayper 5 months ago

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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago