Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the project. If you have any additional questions or comments, send an email to the address below.
What will the future of the development of the site look like?
We are in the early stages of exploring opportunities for redeveloping the site. However, the future development of the site will include an extension of the existing mall, new retail along Dufferin and Croatia streets, streetscape improvements, and residential uses – likely purpose-built rental housing.
What will happen to Dufferin Mall? Is the mall staying?
Dufferin Mall is a top-performing regional mall, and only the unenclosed portion at the north end of the site will be redeveloped , as well as the stand-alone restaurants. However, the redevelopment of the site will result in an overall increase in retail, both enclosed mall space and street-related retail along Dufferin and Croatia streets.
What kind of retail will the development include?
At this time it’s difficult to say what kind of retail the development will include. Retail leasing takes place farther into the process. What we do know, however, is that there will be two scales of retail: an extension of the internalized mall, with larger-format retailers; and a finer grain of retail fronting Dufferin Street and Croatia Street, to activate the streetscape.
How will the project impact traffic in the area?
Primaris has included BA Group on the project team to prepare a transportation and traffic study as part of the future development application process. This study will identify any potential impacts on traffic in the area. The project team will work with the City to manage these impacts.
If the surface parking lots are being redevelopment, will there be less parking at Dufferin Mall?
The existing surface parking lots on the redevelopment site will be built underground as necessary. The existing parking structure in front of Wal-Mart and No Frills will not be impacted.
Is the Church included in the redevelopment?
No, Our Lady Queen of Croatia Church is a separate property and is not part of the redevelopment program.
What is the timeline for this project?
Primaris plans to host a series of public open houses in the Winter/Spring of 2019 to seek initial input and to get feedback on development concepts. The first public open house was held January 21st, 2019 at Bloor Collegiate Institute. The second pubic open house is planned for April 2, 2019. A rezoning application will likely be submitted by mid-2019. Construction could potentially begin by 2022.
When will there be a public meeting for this application?
City of Toronto planning staff will determine the timing of statutory, City-led public meetings. These will take place after a development application is submitted by mid-2019. Primaris plans to hold public open houses in Winter/Spring 2019, before submitting an application.
Are there other opportunities for the public to provide input on the project?
Yes. In addition to the open houses and City-led public meetings, a project kiosk has been set up in Dufferin Mall, in front of No Frills. Here you will be able to find information on the project and provide feedback on a comment card. You can also provide input and ask questions through this website. Please see the Contact page.