galleria-streetscape Rendering: Galleria Developments

About a year after BuzzBuzzNews first reported Freed Developments and Elad Canada purchased the Galleria Mall, a development application for the 12-acre site in west-end Toronto has been filed to the City, the City’s planning department confirms.

Galleria Developments, a joint venture between the two builders, filed the application today, a spokesperson for the developer says in an email.

The application proposes 3,416 residential units across 12 towers — these will also contain office and retail space — ranging from 10 to 42 storeys. Proposed residential space amounts to 222,895 square metres of residential space, BuzzBuzzNews has learned.

galleria-bike-lane Rendering: Galleria Developments

While an exact mix of units has not been finalized, a source with knowledge of the application tells BuzzBuzzNews, there will be both condo and rental units.

There are plans for 150 affordable housing units. In January, Ana Bailao, councillor for Ward 18, which the mall is located in, told BuzzBuzzNews she would push for affordable units.

In a statement, Joe Svec, Galleria Developments’ development director says, “Today’s filing proposes a world-class mixed-used urban development, that includes commercial, office and residential uses, the creation of a larger urban park, and a dynamic new community centre.”

galleria-wallace-emerson Rendering: Galleria Developments

If approved, the plan would bring 9,802 square metres of parkland to the site. There would also be 29,912 square metres of retail and 6,391 square metres of offices. It would also see the Wallace-Emerson Community Centre rebuilt, bringing the total number of structures to the site to 13.

gallery-mall-development-aerial Rendering: Hariri Pontarini Architects

In 2004, the Galleria Mall site was rezoned to allow for 1,600 units and 131,400 square feet of residential, as well as 3,600 square feet of retail. Office space was not part of the previous rezoning.

The development application filing comes after multiple community consultations. Galleria Developments also released updated renderings of the project, proposed for the large site at the southwest corner of Dufferin and Dupont Streets, which was first unveiled during an open house at the mall in May. Another open house is scheduled for October 15th.

galleria-mall-park Rendering: Gallery Developments

Galleria Developments has hired on Hariri Pontarini Architects as the architecture firm for the project.

Svec noted the significance of the proposed project to replace the weathered mall, which opened in 1972 and has parking for 700.

“While today’s filing follows a lengthy and robust visioning exercise with local stakeholders, and is a milestone in our desire to redevelop this amazing site, we recognize that this is just the first formal step in the process, and we anticipate (and welcome) further discussions with city officials and community members,” says Svec in the statement.

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