Galleria Mall February 2016 Update

Galleria_Mall.jpgIn 2004 before I was elected to City Council, the previous owners of the Galleria Mall went through a re-zoning process, which was approved by the City to develop the Galleria Mall site. The initial plan for the site was to create a phased mixed-use commercial residential development containing 1,600 residential units in 6 buildings between 6 and 19 storeys in height as well as a block of twenty, 3 ½ story stacked townhouses on the site. More details on the initial approval can be found in this staff report. For whatever reason, the previous owners did not proceed with construction of the project. 

Fast forward to today and some of you may be aware that the Galleria Mall site was purchased in late 2015 by Freed Developments and ELAD Canada with an intention to develop the site. They have decided to not move forward with the previously approved plans and have indicated that they intent to submit a new development proposal. However, it is important to note that they do have the right to build what was previously approved. 

Due to the fact that the new developers intend to submit a new proposal for the site, community consultation is necessary. Given the large scale of the site and the need to provide the developers with a holistic understanding of the local community's needs/concerns, the developer is consulting local residents, businesses, and organizations before the formal consultation process required under the Planning Act. To date, many issues have been raised including the need to incorporate independent retail, a place for seniors to gather, affordability (both in terms of housing and retail), improved mobility and green space on the site, and the need to preserve the history of the site/neighbourhood. 

Galleria_Mall.jpegOn January 23, the developers organized an open house to hear directly from local residents as to what they would like to see as part of the site's future development. The meeting was very well attended and residents provided a lot of feedback to the developers. They have also setup a website http://reimaginegalleria.com/ in order to update the community on their plans and to solicit feedback from residents. There will be another open house taking place on Saturday April 2 from 11am to 4pm. Once I have more details on this open house I will be sharing them with you. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at anytime. 

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