The Revised Proposal is structured around:
five key STRUCTURING moves
The new Master Plan will provide:
Current Reimagine Galleria Site
Solidify the site's role as a community hubAmenities will be designed to make the site an important central gathering space.
Create a space with a variety of mixed usesThe community will include a dynamic mix of uses for people to live, work, shop, and play.
Deliver housing optionsA broad range of housing options from rental to ownership will be available.
Focus on prioritizing active transportationGenerous sidewalks and landscape treatments plus active retail frontage and fine-grained street patterns will enable enhanced pedestrian and cyclist mobility, in and around the site.
Enhance local and regional transitAn additional bus bay along Dufferin, plus internal streets designed to accommodate bus movements will improve and extend transit connectivity.
Reflect the site’s industrial legacyRetention of existing retail and introduction of new community-based maker spaces reflect Dupont’s industrial legacy and its role as amenity hub and emerging artist community.
Promote design excellenceDevelop a holistic design framework, leveraging public space south of the new diagonal street, and new mixed use area to the north. The framework will enable excellence in design of the park, community centre, public realm and mixed use buildings.
Evolution of the
reimagine galleria site
The Galleria Shopping Centre site has a rich and varied history. After it was converted from a car manufacturing factory to a suburban shopping centre in 1972, several plans have been considered to relook at its use. The Revised Proposal represents an opportunity to comprehensively consider the next stage of the site’s evolution.
The Galleria Shopping Centre was first owned by Curtiss Canada Aircraft Operations, and used as a factory for WWI airplanes.
columbia gramophone co.
After WWI, the site was sold to the Columbia Gramophone Company.
Dupont Street was created in 1924, just before the site was redeveloped as an automobile factory – first by Dodge Brother’ in 1925, later by Chrysler in 1928.
Galleria shopping centre
As one of Toronto’s first enclosed malls, the Galleria Shopping Centre had a large draw as a neighbourhood shopping plaza.
City Envisions Housing on Shopping Plaza
The Galleria Shopping Centre was identified as an ideal location for mixed-use development, though the housing concept was never realized.
Former landowners of the Galleria Shopping Centre site obtained approvals for 20 stacked townhouses and 1600 residential units in six towers. This plan was never realized, and would have reduced retail space to roughly 15% of what it is today.
The developers purchased the aging shopping centre site in 2015 and have been working with the community, City staff and local councillors to develop a comprehensive framework for the site.
In September 2016, the developers submitted an initial Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and rezoning application to implement a vision for mixed use development, complemented by an exceptional public realm, robust retail and a walkable, family-friendly environment. In response to feedback, a revised proposal was submitted October, 2017 with the goal of completing official plan and zoning amendments in 2018.
A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PROCESS
Over the course of the past few years, through a series of nearly 40 working sessions, meetings, public open houses and review panels, community feedback was considered and reworked to create the Revised Proposal.
First Reimagine Galleria Working Group Meeting
First Reimagine Galleria Public Open House
Meeting with Local Area Councillor
Working session with City’s Planning and Urban Design staff
Official Plan and Rezoning Application submitted
Meeting with City Planner
First City of Toronto Public Open House
Meeting with City Legal staff
Revised Official Plan and Rezoning Application submitted
Reimagine Galleria Working Group Meeting #1: Project Introduction
Reimagine Galleria Public Open House #1: Project Introduction
Reimagine Galleria Working Group #2: Parks and Open Spaces
Reimagine Galleria Working Group #3: Mobility
Reimagine Galleria Working Group #4: Land Uses and Urban Design
Meeting with Local Area Councillor
Working Session with City’s Planning and Urban Design staff
Reimagine Galleria Working Group #5: Vision and Planning Principles
Reimagine Galleria Working Group #6: Presentation of Draft Master Plan
Reimagine Galleria Public Open House #2: Presentation of Draft Master Plan
Meeting with City’s Real Estate Division
Presentation to City of Toronto’s Urban Design Review Panel
Official Plan and Re-zoning Application Submitted
Reimagine Galleria Open House #3: Presentation of Development Application
First Official Plan Amendment and Re-zoning Comments Received by City Staff
Meeting with Local Area Councillor
Meeting with Local Area Councillor
In response to various comments received, eight key changes have been incorporated into the Revised Proposal.
Building heights, GFA and density have been reviewed.
Tall buildings have been redeployed to create a more sensitive transition to adjacent neighbourhoods.
Street and block pattern has been redesigned to create greater porosity through the site and prominence for the new community centre along Dupont Street.
Wallace Emerson Park has been reconfigured and Points Plaza, a publically accessible open space, has been enlarged.
The public realm has been enhanced and streetscapes refined with emphasis on creating a safe and pedestrian friendly network.
The mix of residential and non-residential types and tenures has been diversified.
The mobility network has been refined, including provision for transit bays within the site and along Dufferin Street.
A conceptual phasing strategy has been developed to achieve zero displacement of the community centre.
A REFINED MOBILITY NETWORK
- The Reimagine Galleria site is located adjacent to area bus services and well within the area of existing and planned higher order transit services and stations. The Revised Proposal aims to facilitate transit travel by enhancing connections to and from existing and planned transit stops, and integrating transit services within the site itself.
- TTC reviewed and provided comments on the Original 2016 Proposal, and has indicated that service along the Dufferin bus route can be increased and delays mitigated if a bus bay were incorporated along Dufferin between Dupont and the new diagonal street – this lay-by has been incorporated into the Revised Proposal.
- TTC acknowledged the merit in allowing bus vehicles to loop through the Reimagine Galleria site along the proposed public street system. They also requested that an additional bus bay be provided along the new diagonal street – which has now been incorporated into the Revised Proposal.
An expanded network of pedestrian and cycling connections in and around the site
The Revised Proposal will feature a mobility network that prioritizes pedestrian circulation and comfort above other transportation modes. All public sidewalks within and adjacent to the site will accommodate a minimum 2.1m pedestrian clearway, to create continuous, universally accessible, barrier-free and clearly designated pedestrian routes.
The Revised Proposal supports cycling by providing convenient, safe and accessible cycling facilities on site, including ample bicycle parking designed in accordance with the City’s Guidelines for the Design and Management of Bicycle Parking Facilities, as well as showers, lockers and other amenities in accordance with the Tier 1 requirements of the Toronto Green Standards Checklist. Further, the incorporation of a cycling loop will be explored in the redesign for Wallace Emerson Park.
An internal network of public and private streets has been thoughtfully designed to sustain various modes of transportation and mobility.
CURRENT STREET NETWORK
Currently, the lack of internal streets and pedestrian connections results in a lack of porosity, visibility, and access.
DIAGONAL LINE TO CONNECT DESIRE LINES
The introduction of the diagonal street will serve the role of connecting key desire lines, while maximizing public frontage onto Wallace Emerson Park.
Fine-Grained Pattern of Streets
A finer network of local public, private and shared streets further subdivides the site and improves connectivity. A new traffic signal is proposed to facilitate movement, in addition to a series of pedestrian crossings.
Discrete Treatment for Parking and Servicing
Servicing and parking are accessible off a series of shared streets, internal to the development block, with access to these areas located off Dupont and Dufferin.
map of traffic lights, road types and access points
map of cycling routes & bicycle parking
NON-RESIDENTIAL BASELocated on the first or second storeys of mixed-use buildings, establishing an organic pattern along streets for a varied urban experience.
Residential podiumsComplementary elements located above grade, in response to their location. Total height will be between 7 and 10 storeys along Dupont, and 2 and 8 storeys along Dufferin.
Terraced buildingsMid-rise built-form elements will frame views onto parks and key open spaces, assists in achieving a transition between the base, podium and towers, and deliver large outdoor amenity spaces.
Tower elementsA number of taller tower elements, ranging in height from 18 to 35 storeys, will be incorporated behind base, podium and terraced elements to preserve a comfortable human scale at grade.
Sustainability is interwoven into two key facets of the Revised Proposal:
Efficient and Compact Built Form
This begins with transforming the site into a mixed-use community, thoughtfully incorporating places for work, life, recreation and relaxation, all accessible by foot, bike, or public transit.
Enhanced Mobility Network
Various mobility enhancements include refined pedestrian oriented streets, additional transit infrastructure, and enhancements to streetscapes, to reduce the auto-focused nature of the current development.
This phase demolishes the western portion of the Galleria Shopping Centre, to facilitate construction of the new Wallace Emerson Community Centre.YIELDS
571 residential units
2,296 square metres non-residential GFA
This phase involves demolishing the existing Wallace Emerson Community Centre, to facilitate the construction of Block 1.YIELDS
535 residential units
13,421 square metres non-residential GFA
This phase consists of the construction of Blocks 2 and 3, as well as several key privately owned, publicly accessible spaces, including Points Plaza, The Mews, and The Allée.YIELDS
1,057 residential units
8,271 square metres non-residential GFA
This phase is the final phase, and completes the construction of Block 4.YIELDS
683 residential units (including 150 affordable units)
4,833 square metres non-residential GFA
THE DEVELOPERS OF GALLERIA
Recipients of numerous design awards, and backed by international experience and expertise, ELAD CANADA and Freed come together to Reimagine Galleria.
ELAD is a successful developer of master-planned communities in Canada, with a focus on Toronto and Montreal. Its success stems from innovative and meaningful investments in the communities it builds. Established in 1997, the company specializes in mid and high-rise condominium development and master-planned communities. ELAD may be best known for its visionary approach to the award-winning Emerald City master-planned community.
Strong believers in the principle that people should be able to “live, work & play” in their neighbourhoods, Freed has set out to build lifestyle hubs. From King West to Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos and Redpath Towers, Freed’s innovative approach elegantly addresses the issues that face modern, rapidly growing cities. The goal is to reduce the need for commuting and to encourage the essential elements of traditional communities.