Etobicoke's 1950s Cloverdale Mall is getting a massive overhaul
Thursday Dec 05th, 2019
It's a reno Etobicoke residents have been pining for - a new development to replace the existing mall with a cluster of buildings housing everything from affordable housing units to health care facilities to retail.
QuadReal Property Group, who held an open house this past May, is currently gearing up for the public unveiling of a massive new project that will happen over several years in a series of phases.
"We're really looking to embellish the sense of place that it has now with net new uses that will hopefully make this new Cloverdale a hub for the community," Ben Gilbank, director of development at QuadReal, said.
The new plans will also recall the Cloverdale facility of the 1950s by bringing back an open-air centre on site. There will be a range of high, mid and low-rise buildings with both condo and rental units availablle to meet the needs of a range of demographics.
"We're taking the generational approach," said Gilbank. "QuadReal is looking at it from the perspective of a mix of typologies and tenures of the residential that makes it a real, complete community."
The area has a high density of seniors and Gilbank addresses this as well, saying, "it would be an appropriate place for seniors in terms of accessibility and design." People like Connie Laguan, a senior who has lived in the neighbourhood for 45 years, looks forward to the new developments and welcomes the possibility of accessible units surrounded by the promise of outdoor green space.
QuadReal plans to submit a rezoning application to the city in March 2020.