The Project Team has consulted extensively with community members, City staff, and the local municipal Councillor. Local perspectives and expertise have played a vital role in establishing Master Plan principles, developing design concepts, and identifying potential community benefits.
Introductory Public Open House gathered community input on the future of the site. Over 170 registered attendants participated and shared hundreds of comments.
Five Working Group meetings generated local expertise on key site opportunities, including open spaces, mobility, land use, urban design, Master Plan principles, and site plan.
Open House presentation of preliminary Master Plan concept invited community feedback on proposed future directions.
Plans presented to Design Review Panel.
Application submitted to City of Toronto.
Open House and Reimagine Galleria Opening
The Master Plan will provide:
(321,970 ft2) retail GFA
(68,792 ft2) office GFA
(51,000 ft2) community centre
Residential (sq. ft.)
Retail (sq. ft.)
Office (sq. ft.)
Five major structuring moves have been developed to implement the Master Planning principles. They define a series of moves that comprehensively organize the site.
A Unique Opportunity for City Building
The Reimagine Galleria site is one of only a few significantly sized mixed-use sites in the west end of Toronto offering potential for major transformation and city-building, located 850m away from Dufferin Station and 1.2km from the Union Pearson Express.
Wallace Emerson Park plays a key role in the vitality and vibrancy of the neighbourhood. The Master Plan proposes a significant investment in this fundamental public asset by adding 9,000 sq. m. to the parkland, and re-envisions the park to be an integral part of the present and future community.
Reconsidering movement around the site. The new version for the Reimagine Galleria site consists of a cyclist and pedestrian first community, while also creating new roadways to facilitate the efficient movement of cars and public transit service into and around the site. Several pedestrian-oriented pathways, will provide connect with existing routes surrounding the area in order to foster a true multi-modal community.
The new vision for Galleria offers a diverse range of open spaces, including a large park, linear landscapes, plazas, small greens, and a series of gateways. Building a socially connected community is important, which is why the plan offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for informal and formal community gatherings. At the heart of the Reimagine Galleria site is a 5-Points Plaza, a flexible and inviting gathering space that celebrates the community node legacy of the Galleria Shopping Centre that exists today.
A New Retail Experience
Although outdated, the current mall serves an important retail destination for the community. Our vision to build on this success by creating a shopping destination with high quality street treatments, inspired public art, and a large variety of shops. The retail experience is conceived to enable year-round activity, creating vibrant atmosphere for shopping and socializing. A range of retail footprint sizes will support a creative mix of small business and established brands, ensuring both daily needs and specialty interests are met. Retail spaces will be located on the first floor and second storeys of buildings, with space reserved for vital community amenities like a grocery store, liquor store, and pharmacy.
By the numbers:
The current mall is approximately 225,000sq. ft. The 2004 Entitlement Plan only allowed for 37,000 sq. ft. of retail. Our vision is to bring 325,000sq. ft. of retail to the site for the community.
The Terraces will provide a dynamic gateway into the site from Dupont Street. The varied storefronts and generous boulevards will be situated on a street that accommodates pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, ensuring a safe and pleasant atmosphere for the Reimagine Galleria community.
A World Class Community Centre
The Wallace Emerson Community Centre plays a vital role in the social vibrancy and vitality of Reimagine Galleria. The proposal for Reimagine Galleria envisions a New Community Centre, which will offer increases in terms of size and amenity for the community. The proposed Community centre is a model of Social Progress and City Building, capable of offering a larger menu of activities and integrating housing into the building.
A Complete Community
Reimagine Galleria is a vibrant, mixed-use development that responds to the varying needs of the community by offering a range of housing options, a new community centre, a larger and reprogrammed public park, a mix of retail and office uses, and a variety community amenities.
Reinforcing the Site’s Role as a Community NodeThe Reimagine Galleria proposal takes a comprehensive approach towards enhancing an established community node in the west end. The considered amenities, services and public realm improvements, each contribute toward reinforcing Galleria’s role as an important, central gathering space for residents in this part of Toronto’s west end.
Diversity of HousingThe Reimagine Galleria proposal offers a diversity of housing options not currently available in this community, including a mix of rental and ownership tenures and units ranging from studio to three bedrooms. The proposal includes three tall buildings as a new alternative for the community, and as well as affordable housing units integrated as part of the Wallace Emerson Community Centre.
Mix of UsesReimagine Galleria will be an extension of the city and its neighbourhoods, offering a wide range of housing options, retail offerings, employment opportunities, community services, amenities, and public gathering spaces for the local community. The proposal expands on the current site’s uses by introducing commercial and office, including smaller maker spaces, professional office and medium scale spaces. With this dynamic mix of uses, Galleria will become a complete community for all types of people to live, work, shop and play.
A 21st Century Park & Community CentreThe Reimagine Galleria proposal goes beyond the typical approach of an integrated park and community centre, by offering a combination of programmatic elements and flexible spaces that open up opportunities for both active and passive leisure and recreation. By considering the Reimagine Galleria site comprehensively, the redevelopment will expand on its civic assets for great enjoyment, access and safety, and will serve as a model for other communities. There is an opportunity to innovate and create a model of a 21st Century Park that not only becomes an anchor point for the surrounding neighbourhoods, but also demonstrates how to optimize public land to achieve multiple community and city objectives. It isn’t just about providing park space, but providing high quality, flexible, programmable space.
Focus on Mobility & Public RealmThe Reimagine Galleria proposal enhances mobility on site and prioritizes active transportation by putting pedestrians and cyclists first. The new diagonal street will be a complete street, filling a key gap in the cycling network and celebrating the bike community. Streets will be designed with widened sidewalks, landscape treatments, active retail frontages, and a street grid that connects desire lines for a safe, pedestrian and bike-friendly environment.
Mobility ChoicesIn addition to an improved pedestrian environment and new cycling connectivity, the Reimagine Galleria proposal will establish a framework that enables the potential for local and regional transit routes to extend into the Galleria site, and facilitate improved connectivity for local residents.
Reflective of Community & HistoryThe Reimagine Galleria proposal builds on the community’s legacy and authenticity. The new diagonal street aligns with existing pedestrian pathways and desire lines, established by the existing Community Centre building’s layout. The introduction of new maker spaces is both reflective of Dupont’s industrial legacy and its emerging artscape.
Comprehensive Design ExcellenceThe Reimagine Galleria proposal promotes a comprehensive approach that looks at the site as a whole. With exceptional, thoughtful architecture, Reimagine Galleria creates a distinct identity and enhances the area character while respecting the surrounding neighbourhoods. The proposal also incorporates sustainable design, encompassing a range of innovative solutions to achieve environmental, social, cultural and economical sustainability.
As illustrated in the following timeline, this area has evolved dramatically since its industrial past. The design team has been working to ensure that the future master plan reflects on each of these chapters of its history.
Dupont was built parallel to the CPR rail line, which offered easy access to goods movement for the factories that sprang up along the corridor. Previously referred to as both Van Horne and Royce Street, Dupont once boasted a Ford Model T factory and showroom at Christie Street with the Evening Telegram building located across the street, the Hamilton Gear plant at Dovercourt Road, and the abandoned Mono Lino Typesetting building near Howland Avenue. Over time, shops and businesses that served the adjacent residential neighbourhoods began to locate on the corridor, including the former Royce Theatre. The recent growth of creative industries and tech-sector businesses in the area are true to Dupont’s legacy as a place where things were made.
Galleria Mall – One of Toronto’s First Enclosed Malls
The Galleria Mall opened in 1972 as a neighbourhood shopping plaza. The mall had a large draw because of the fact that it was one of Toronto’s first enclosed malls. The mall was a popular destination for the area’s predominantly Italian shoppers and business owners. As the demographics of the area evolved, Galleria Mall became a destination for a sizeable base of Portuguese patrons.
Galleria Mall – An Aging Mall used as a Local Community Hub
Galleria has not seen many updates since it originally opened. The mall is pockmarked by vacancies, many of the mall’s amenities and retail spaces are out of date, and its built form is no longer consistent with current best practices in land use planning and urban design. Despite its current condition, the site serves an important social role. The large central court serves as a gathering area for the local community.
Entitlement Plan – Current Residential PermissionS
In 2004, the former land owners undertook an approvals process to permit the redevelopment of the site as a series of residential properties with ancillary retail uses. The current permissions allow the Galleria Mall site to be replaced with six towers ranging in height from 6- to 19-storeys and containing 1,600 residential units, as well as twenty 31⁄2-storey stacked townhouses on the western edge of the property. The configuration includes four new public streets, approximately 0.55 ha of parkland, and 1,449 below-grade parking spaces. The plan reduces the amount of retail on the site to roughly 38,750 sq. ft, just 15% of the amount of retail currently supported by the property.
Re-Imagining Galleria Mall
Elad Canada and Freed Developments purchased the site in the fall of 2015, and have a different vision from the 2004 Entitlement Plan (as-of-right). Their belief is that the site should continue to serve as a community hub. They envision a dynamic mix of community offerings including places to shop, live, work and play.