Shoppers World redevelopment plan sent to city

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A proposal to redevelop Shoppers World Brampton which also includes a master-plan of development, was submitted to the City of Brampton this past October by real estate investment trust, RioCan.

City planners have confirmed that the application was received and that they are in the process of reviewing it.

The plan is in sync with the city’s 2040 plan which outlines goals and recommendations for future development projects, with a key-focus on integrated transit and living spaces.

The application explains what exactly RioCan, who took ownership of the property in 2000, plans to do with the 21-hectare site, the potential cost and timing.

The proposed plan would turn Shoppers World into a “sustainable and walkable transit-orientated community.”

The application states that the site would be a mixed-use area of retail, housing and community spaces.

Plans include construction of four new streets, roughly 5,000 housing units of one, two- and three-bedroom options, public green spaces, an extension of Kaneff Park and roughly 1,400 meters of cycling paths, among others.

A good number of units will be set aside for rental housing.

Main features of the development include, a central square, “High Street,” (a curated and walking-friendly boulevard) a transit plaza and a 23-storey tall tower near the Main St. and Steeles Ave. intersection.

The anticipated building span would be more than 20 years, according to RioCan.

The plan acknowledges that current businesses in Shoppers World have varying leases, making it tricky to nail down a potential construction date.
Developers sum up the plan with one statement; “transforming the existing shopping centre into a sustainable community and destination that is vibrant, mixed-use, connected and transit-orientated.”

Included in the master-plan is background research on the community.
Shoppers World is situated in Ward 3, where roughly half of all residents live in rented homes.

After the city staff finishes reviewing the application, a third public community meeting will be scheduled and at that point public input would be welcome. -CINEWS

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