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Published on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bronte Mall project moving ahead now

Sobeys to remain open for business

Bronte Mall project moving ahead now
Bronte Village Mall development moves ahead in Oakville
Bronte Village Mall — Google photo
By Nathan Howes, Special to the Oakville Beaver

Bronte Village Mall’s owner expects the local staple will be demolished in spring 2018, as part of its re-development plans for the property.

Pending municipal government approvals, it is also anticipated the construction of a drugstore will begin in summer 2018, while the completion of a 14- and 10-storey residential building, with occupancy, is expected in 18-24 months.

This is according to Crombie REIT, who purchased the mall in 2016. A subsidiary of Sobeys stores, the company owns and operates grocery- and drug store-anchored shopping centres and freestanding stores across Canada.

In 2012, an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)-approved settlement was reached between the Town of Oakville and Goldmanco Inc., a Toronto-based retail development company, on the re-development of the Bronte Village Mall.

“The zoning was approved back in 2012, but not much has happened since. Many people were pleased to hear Sobeys would remain open throughout the redevelopment.”

Robert Blacklock, senior director of development for Crombie REIT

Crombie REIT has now submitted a site plan application to the Town, with some information on it available to view on www.oakville.ca.

To provide residents with more information on its plans, the company hosted a public meeting at Bronte Village Mall Wednesday, Aug. 30.

People were able to view pictures of the site plans and speak to members of the development team on what to expect in the re-development.

The open house drew between 150 and 200 people, with most supporting the re-development, according to Crombie REIT.

“The zoning was approved back in 2012, but not much has happened since. Many people were pleased to hear Sobeys would remain open throughout the redevelopment,” said Robert Blacklock, senior director of development for Crombie REIT, in an email to the Oakville Beaver Friday, Sept. 1.

“This is not a re-zoning application. We are just applying for SPA (site plan application) and Town staff are responsible for making sure our development is appropriate. SPA is not appealable by the public.”

The site plan application calls for the construction of a 14-storey residential building fronting Bronte Road and a 10-storey residential building situated in the interior of the property – both to be terraced towards Sovereign Street.

The buildings will offer a combined total of 480 luxury rental units, just under the zoning maximum allotment of 570 units.

The 2012 settlement, which Crombie REIT’s site plans will “respect,” Blacklock said, allows for ground-floor retail in each building, opening the door to new commercial uses fronting onto Bronte Road.

Additional commercial uses would front onto Lakeshore Road and a town-owned market square.

There will also be three floors of underground parking, new community spaces, a new market square adjacent to Lakeshore Road and a new parkette fronting Sovereign Street, with a pedestrian linkage joining the two.

Sobeys will remain open, where it is currently, while a new 10,000-sq.-ft. drugstore is constructed on the west side of the grocery store.

The parking lot will remain available to use.

The settlement also calls for early improvements to the property that fronts onto Lakeshore Road and Jones Street.

In the longer term, commercial uses on the property’s east end will relocate to Lakeshore Road adjacent to the urban square.

The site plan application for the Bronte Village Mall redevelopment can be viewed at www.oakville.ca/business/planning-applications-ward-1.html.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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