What's happening with the Promenade redevelopment?

What is Councillor Shefman's position on the redevelopment and revitalization of the Promenade Mall?

A:

The Promenade revitalization proposal put forward by the new owners of the mall is mostly a positive for the Thornhill community.

I doubt if anyone has difficulty in recognizing that the renewal and expansion of the retail space at the mall property is very positive. It provides a significant positive economic impact on our City, with jobs (especially for young people) and of course the commercial taxes that we use to lower residential taxes. As well, we can’t forget that many malls of this category are closing and being replaced by swaths of high density buildings – I sure don’t want to see that happen here!

The addition of three well-designed residential condos is surely not excessive on a property of this size – especially so when their placement, adjacent to the mall building, will not impact the single-family homes in the area.

The addition of more jobs in the office component of the fourth proposed new building will also be a positive as well as a new hotel to serve the area.

This proposal is still in its early planning stages. As Ward 5 Councillor, I have made a commitment that at every stage of the process, the community will have a strong voice, and an opportunity to actively participate. Getting the opinions and feedback of the people who live in the neighbourhood is, in my role as Councillor, absolutely necessary.