Oakville’s Bronte Village Mall, located on the northeast corner of Bronte and Lakeshore, is on the chopping block. The mall is planned to be demolished by spring 2018.
In its place, a new drugstore will be built along with two residential buildings - 14 and 10-storeys tall. During the construction, the Sobeys will remain open so residents will be able to continue shopping. Interestingly, a subsidiary of Sobeys, called Crombie REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) is the owner of the property.
An open house was held on August 30th and the attendees were mostly supportive of the redevelopment plans. The zoning for the redevelopment was approved back in 2012 so the development is not a shock to most of the local residents.
The residential towers will provide 480 luxury rental units. This comes under the zoning allowance of 570 units. The towers will also have commercial and retail space on the bottom floors, which is now becoming a standard strategy for effective mixed development.
The Bronte Mall redevelopment is an example of development done right. The proposed plans fit within the culture and aesthetics of the Bronte neighbourhood and residents were not taken off-guard. The developer seems to have done a good job of consulting local stakeholders throughout the process which should set an example for other developers.