Yorkdale could look drastically different in the upcoming decade. The CBC is reporting that Yorkdale and the surrounding area has a plan to radically add to Yorkdales offering and include condos, offices and even a hotel. The city invited local residents to a town-hall style meeting to get feedback on the possible changes to the neighborhood.
The CBC reports that the mall owners plan on submitting an application that asks the city to amend city by-laws in the area to allow the north and west parking areas to be developed into a mix of commercial and residential space. While a concept like this is certainly intriguing, city residents and city councilors are concerned that adding that level of property to the neighborhood will cause even more pedestrian and driver congestion in an area that is already a trouble zone. If you’ve ever tried to get onto the 401 from Dufferin you understand the headache-inducing traffic that typically surrounds Yorkdale mall.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the potential new development is the proposed eight-storey boutique hotel that would cater to an upscale clientele. The project will develop over the next 20 years, and could potentially be the catalyst to revitalizing the entire Dufferin corridor.