Galleria Mall Community Consultation Meeting

Earlier this month, the City of Toronto Planning Division held an open house community meeting to discuss and gather residents' feedback on the revised Galleria Mall development proposal.

The revised application proposes the construction of 8 towers (reduced from 11), with a maximum height of 35-storeys (reduced from 42), an increase in the proportion of family sized units to 50% and the elimination of bachelor suites, the integration of 150 affordable housing units on site, a new Wallace Emerson Community Centre (double the current size), and an enlarged Wallace Emerson Park. The applicant has also included 2 new bus bays on Dufferin St to provide dedicated spaces for TTC bus loading.

The applicants also presented a construction phasing plan which seeks to ensure that access to the community centre is maintained at all times, with the new community centre to be constructed as part of Phase 1. City staff would undertake a separate design and community consultation process for the proposed new community centre and park space to ensure that the functional requirements and the community's priorities are wholly integrated into the design.

Residents at the meeting provided feedback on the revised proposal and raised concerns regarding traffic congestion, local transit services, and the amount of density proposed in the revised application. The applicant will be working together with City staff to incorporate this feedback into their proposal and I will continue to advocate for our community's priorities and keep you informed as this review process continues.

The revised proposal will go before the City's Design Review Panel for additional comments and City Planning staff expect to present a final report in Spring 2018 to the Toronto and East York Community Council.

City Planning staff have posted the associated documents with this proposal online at www.aic.to/GalleriaMall and you can continue to share your comments by contacting the City Planner, David Driedger, at David.Driedger@toronto.ca and by emailing me at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.

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