Proposal to build 620 condo units at a Mississauga mall rejected
Published November 28, 2023 at 12:44 pm
A condo development at a Mississauga mall has stalled.
Plans to redevelop Sheridan Centre at 2225 Erin Mills Parkway (recently rebranded as Sherwood Village) were recently submitted to the City of Mississauga.
Built on the site of a former drive-in theatre, Sheridan Mall opened its doors in 1972 and was one of the first indoor malls in the area, according to a presentation from Dunpar Homes at the Nov. 27 Planning and Development Committee meeting.
But as the retail landscape changes, the mall is facing challenges.
The massive proposal would bring 16 new residential buildings wrapping around the existing mall with heights ranging from 11 to 29 storeys.
The first application is for just phase one of the development — two 15-storey buildings with a total of 620 units.
The proposal from Dunpar Homes includes 221 one-bedroom units, 369 two-bedroom units, and 30 three-bedroom units. There are 713 parking spaces proposed.
Applications for future phases of the project will come at a later date.
The City of Mississauga planning department suggested rejecting this first application in its current form.
There are several issues with the proposal, said City of Mississauga planner Michael Franzolini.
There isn’t enough information yet to “demonstrate the feasibility, compatibility with adjacent lands and appropriate development standards,” Franzolini said.
In particular, the Region of Peel has flagged concerns regarding land required for enhancements to Erin Mills Parkway, sanitary sewer capacity and future compliance with waste collection.
Typically, these are issues that are dealt with at this stage of the application, Franzolini said.
There are also issues with setbacks and concerns about the fire route from the city’s fire prevention department.
The plan also doesn’t include enough outdoor living space for the safety and comfort of the future residents, Franzolini indicated. And there are also concerns with the proposed internal road network.
One resident raised concerns about affordable housing in the plans and asked for more public consultation.
Legal council for Dunpar, Michael Nemanic, said there would be affordable units but didn’t provide specifics.
Nemanic also said they were surprised by the city’s recommendation to reject the Official Plan amendment for the project and urged the committee to approve the proposal.
Nemanic indicated they are willing to continue to work with the city on the technical issues.
“We acknowledge the staff report, we agree that there is further discussion required with respect to the zoning bylaw amendments,” Michael Nemanic, legal council for Dunpar Homes.
But the committee voted in favour of rejecting the proposal in its current form.
If the application is appealed to Ontario Land Tribunal, it is hoped that mediation or other resolution will resolve outstanding issues.
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