Traffic and parking concerns raised over proposed 1,070 unit development replacing a Mississauga plaza


Published March 21, 2023 at 11:26 am

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Renderings via City of Mississauga submission

Residents can have their say on a development proposed to replace a Shoppers Drug Mart plaza in Mississauga with five buildings and a total of 1,070 units.

The development proposal from Star Seeker Inc. for 579 – 619 Lakeshore Road East, 1022 and 1028 Caven Street comes to the Planning and Development Committee on Monday, March 27. No decision is being made on the proposal yet, residents can hear more at this public meeting and register in advance to comment.

The project would see the development of three, 16-storey and two, six-storey apartment buildings containing 1,070 units along with commercial or retail units on the ground floor on Lakeshore Road East.

It’s estimated the development would house 2,343 residents.

The proposal first came forward in early December and Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko held a a virtual community meeting about the project.

Residents raised concerns about increased traffic at the Caven Street and Lakeshore Road East intersection as well as Lagoon Street, according to the planning report.

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An aerial shot of the area proposed for development. Photo via City of Mississauga 

Nearby residents are concerned about shadow impacts to the adjacent townhomes and 14-storey apartment building.

There were also concerns over the loss of existing stores including a Shopper’s Drug Mart, McDonalds and Dollarama. And the amount of commercial space being proposed doesn’t seem to be enough to replace those stores and provide parking.

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The developer is proposing a total of 1,341 parking spaces, just under the required 1,434 for the property. This includes 1,127 parking spots for the residents and 214 spaces to be shared for residential visitors and retail customers.

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The city is requesting an updated Traffic Impact Study and a review of reduced parking standards.

An official plan amendment and rezoning applications are required to permit the proposed development.

The planning report can be found here.

Residents interested in commenting at the meeting or providing a written comment must contact the city before 4 p.m. on Friday (March 24). More information on how to participate can be found here.

The Planning and Development Committee meeting starts at 6 p.m. on March 27. For more information on how to watch, see the agenda here.

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