On May 7, 2016, the developers Freed and ELAD Canada hosted a community open house at the Galleria Mall as part of an ongoing consultation and visioning process for the development of the site. After having chosen not to proceed with the previously approved 2004 development plans for the site, they are consulting the surrounding community to understand what the desired community outcomes for this project are.
At the open house, the developers shared conceptual renderings on what the site might look like. It is important to note that these renderings do not necessarily represent the final proposal and that no official proposal has yet been made. The developers however are aiming to submit a proposal to the City in the fall.
The developers are intending to retain the currently existing 225,000 square feet of retail space elsewhere within the redeveloped site. The current vision for the site will include a mix of both smaller and larger retail spaces to provide more inclusive opportunities for a variety of establishments to operate. The plan is to integrate retail into a mixed use neighbourhood containing residential uses and community space. The developers have proposed the Wallace Emerson Community Centre be rebuilt and to revitalize the current park space.
Many of you took the time to share your concerns and questions about this project with me at the meeting, including the need for a community and gathering space to be an important part of any proposal. As the developer moves this project forward I will continue to advocate for your interests to ensure the community benefits from whatever proposal is submitted.
If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact my office and the developer to share your thoughts. I will make sure that our community's interests remain a guiding priority as this visioning process moves forward.