Many are familiar with the Dufferin Mall in the West End of Toronto; it has been a major shopping spot for years. Despite the long history of the mall, it is about to see some huge changes.

Although the planning stages are still relatively early, the Dufferin Mall is set to see a number of renovations. Some of these renovations include an expanded shopping area, redeveloped parking lots and residential units. These upcoming changes are a result of Primaris Management Inc. and the City of Toronto discussing the redevelopment of the property. The planning and architecture of the new additions are being handled by Quadrangle Architects and Urban Strategies.

Strict zoning restrictions can often make it difficult for shopping centers and malls to build residential units on their property. Thankfully for Primaris Management Inc., the Dufferin Mall is able to bypass these zoning restrictions. This is because the Dufferin Mall is currently listed as Commercial Residential, making it a prime candidate for residential units.

The Dufferin Mall is not the only shopping center that will see some changes in the near future. Shopping centers like the Galleria Mall, Bayview Village, Agincourt Mall, Yorkdale Mall and Eglinton Square all have development plans that have been unveiled in the past few years. Many of these changes are to a reaction to the recent popularity of online shopping.

Before preparing their official development application, Primaris Management Inc. is scheduling a number of open house events. This will give people a better understanding of the upcoming changes; it will also provide people with the opportunity to give feedback and ask questions. Anyone who is interested in attending the first open house can visit 1141 Bloor St. W between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on January 21.

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