By Deidre Olsen

Since 2014, Mississauga has received applications for more than 15 new developments within a 500-meter radius at the Hurontario stop and Eglinton Avenue LRT. This may not seem like much to Toronto’s urban dwellers, where so many new condos can be announced in any given month. But for the 905 GTA suburbs, it’s a signal that a major shift has begun.

The Hurontario LRT – set to be completed by 2024 – will connect the smaller transit communities of Brampton and Mississauga, currently in transit, to larger metropolitan areas, and this could spur growth and massive development over the next five years. next. With its special 18 km stretch of road along the Hurontario corridor, the 19-stop LRT line will connect the Brampton Gateway Terminal to the north with Port GOU Station to the south. According to Darshpreet Bhatti, vice president of Rapid Transit at Hurontario Light Rail Transit, trains will run “every 7.5 minutes during rush hour and every 10 to 12 minutes during off-peak hours, reducing vehicle travel by 14 million km per year. “

“The LRT will serve one of the busiest city corridors,” says Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. By 2041, Crombie projects, “nearly 25 percent of all residents and jobs in our city will be within one kilometer of the LRT” – a significant reorientation for Mississauga.

The LRT will serve one of the busiest city corridors

While a start date for building LRT work has not been announced yet, residential development applications are coming. Here’s a look at some of the lodging options being proposed for travelers wanting to live a few blocks from their stop:

Cooksville, Mississauga

Despite being a major transit hub, Mississauga’s Cooksville neighborhood has over the years been overlooked by the city as a desirable location for development initiatives. The area is already preparing to welcome a GO Station to Str. 3210 Hurontario in 2020, but it’s the LRT stop, coming to Hurontario and Dundas, this is setting the stage for a more significant shift in an area that predicts a population increase of 7,000 people by 2031.

A vacancy near the stop is currently being proposed for development by the Consulate Development Group. The project, called 20 / Twenty Townhomes, will include 148 back-to-back clustered towns along with parks.

Pre-construction development on Service Road North, where urban-style towns will be built with landscaped houses and roof terraces, is a 10-minute walk from the next LRT stop. The homes are being designed for families and young professionals, with two-to-three-bedroom options starting at $ 600,000. With the project to be surrounded by parks and scenic trails, developers hope to appeal to residents looking for a small-town lifestyle in the country’s sixth-largest city without sacrificing transit access elsewhere.

Britannia, Mississauga

Mississauga’s 200-acre Britannia historic farm, owned by the Peel County School Board, is home to a sugarcane and field center. It also features a number of heritage buildings erected in the 1800s, including a red brick school house, a farmhouse, Gardney-Dunton House and Conniver Barn. All of these will be relocated to make way for 32 acres of residential and commercial redevelopment now that leases with p «rzier use have been approved by the City of Mississauga pending the construction of the Hurontario LRT.

According to Peel Board accommodation planner and controller Randy Wright, the mixed-use “development parcel” is one of the last opportunities to create a large master planned community “in the area – one that will feature affordable housing besides the green space, easy access to the LRT No developer proposals have been made yet.

Britannia Farm will also give non-residents redevelopment access to the site’s exterior spaces, in a city that desperately needs them. “The other 160 acres of Britannia Farm will remain as much naturalized, open space as the park,” Wright says.

The other 160 acres of Britannia Farm will remain as much naturalized, open space as the park

Brampton

At the corner of Hurontario and Steeles, there is a Petro V Plus gas station, two auto mechanic shops, and Galito, a South African pirate restaurant that has been operating on the site for the past eight years. These may soon give the site a proposed 20-storey mixed-use tower, which contains 186 residential units along with retail and commercial spaces. Approval is pending, but the project is one of the first to be proposed in Brampton following the announcement of the arrival of the LRT.

This Brampton tower has been met with optimism and opposition. Some neighbors have broadcast concerns at public meetings about the impacts of the building that overshadowed their residences. Developed by G-force Urban Planners, an urban and regional land development consulting firm, the proposed tower will require a change in zoning regulations to allow the 1.3-acre project.

Although a modest development by inner-city standards, the project represents a major outlet in the outer suburbs towards high-density planning – one that is needed. By 2041, Brampton’s population is expected to grow to 890,000. This will increase from 617,994, based on 2016 census data and Hemson Consulting forecast, which forecast growth of 13 percent.

The proposed development is a 10-minute walk from the Brampton Gateway Terminal and Shopper World, a site flagged for a major transformation – and perhaps the most dramatic example of density planning hitting the suburbs. The center, built in 1969, is the future home of a master planned neighborhood, proposed by RioCan. Plans, submitted for approval this fall, indicate that the 58-acre site would house a series of residential buildings – from three floors to 28 floors – containing 5,000 units. The entryway, which could take 30 years to complete, would feature mixed-use apartments, retail space, office buildings, townhouses, a community center and libraries. In short, many of the features of a major urban center.

As Natalie Stogdill, longtime public relations adviser for the City of Brampton, sees, these land-use changes around the LRT line are a “significant catalyst for economic growth in the city, strengthening Brampton’s position” in what she calls “Corridor Innovation.”