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THE LRT IS COM­ING TO MIS­SIS­SAUGA AND BRAMP­TON AND AS TH E APPL ICA­TIONS ROLL IN FOR RAIL-SIDE LIV­ING, SO DOES TH E PR OMISE OF A CAR-FREE SUB­URB AN LIFE

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Since 2014, Mis­sis­sauga has re­ceived ap­pli­ca­tions for more than 15 new de­vel­op­ments within a 500-me­tre ra­dius of the Hurontario and Eglin­ton Av­enue LRT stop. That might not sound like much to res­i­dents of Toronto’s ur­ban core, where as many new con­dos could be an­nounced in any given month. But for GTA’S 905 sub­urbs, it’s a sig­nal that a ma­jor shift has be­gun.

The Hurontario LRT — set to be com­pleted by 2024 — will con­nect Bramp­ton and Mis­sis­sauga’s smaller com­mu­ni­ties, cur­rently un­der­ser­viced by tran­sit, to larger metropoli­tan ar­eas, and it could spur mas­sive growth and de­vel­op­ment over the next five years. With its own sep­a­rated guide­way span­ning 18 km along the Hurontario cor­ri­dor, the 19- stop LRT line will con­nect Bramp­ton Gate­way Ter­mi­nal to the north with the Port Credit GO 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 ve­hic­u­lar travel by 14 mil­lion km per year.”

“The LRT will ser­vice one of the city’s busi­est cor­ri­dors,” Mis­sis­sauga Mayor Bon­nie Crom­bie says. By 2041, Crom­bie projects, “nearly 25 per cent of all res­i­dents and jobs in our city will be within one kilo­me­tre of the LRT” — a sig­nif­i­cant re­ori­en­ta­tion for Mis­sis­sauga.

While a start date for con­struc­tion of the LRT work hasn’t yet been an­nounced, the res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions are com­ing in. Here’s a look at some of the hous­ing op­tions be­ing pro­posed for com­muters who’d like to live a few blocks from their stop:

COOKSVILLE, MIS­SIS­SAUGA

De­spite be­ing a ma­jor tran­sit hub, Mis­sis­sauga’s Cooksville neigh­bour­hood has over the years been over­looked by the city as a de­sir­able site for de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. The area is al­ready gear­ing up to wel­come a GO Sta­tion at 3210 Hurontario St. in 2020, but it’s the LRT stop, com­ing to Hurontario and Dun­das, that’s set­ting the scene for more sig­nif­i­cant change in an area brac­ing for a pop­u­la­tion in­crease of 7,000 peo­ple by 2031.

A va­cant spot near the stop is be­ing cur­rently be­ing pro­posed for de­vel­op­ment by Consulate De­vel­op­ment Group. The project, called 20/ Twenty Town­homes, will in­clude 148 back-to­back stacked town­houses along­side park­lands.

The pre- con­struc­tion de­vel­op­ment on North Ser­vice Road, where the ur­ban- style town­homes with land­scaped pa­tios and rooftop ter­races are to be built, is a 10- minute walk from the com­ing LRT stop. The homes are be­ing de­signed for young fam­i­lies and pro­fes­sion­als, with two- to three-bed­room op­tions be­gin­ning in the mid$ 600,000s. With the project to be sur­rounded by scenic parks and trails, the de­vel­op­ers are hop­ing to ap­peal to res­i­dents look­ing for a small- town life­style in the coun­try’s sixth- largest city, with­out sacri­fic­ing tran­sit ac­cess to other points.

BRI­TAN­NIA, MIS­SIS­SAUGA

Mis­sis­sauga’ s his­toric 200- acre Bri­tan­nia Farm, owned by the Peel District School Board, is home to a sug­ar­bush and field cen­tre. It also fea­tures a num­ber of her­itage build­ings erected in the 1800s, in­clud­ing a red- brick school­house, 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 mixe­duse leases have been ap­proved by the City of Mis­sis­sauga in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Hurontario LRT con­struc­tion.

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

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

BRAMP­TON

At the cor­ner of Hurontario and Stee­les, there’s a Petro V Plus gas sta­tion, two auto me­chanic shops and Gal­ito, a South African piri piri restau­rant that has op­er­ated on the site for the past eight years. Those may soon give way to a pro­posed 20-storey mixed-use tower con­tain­ing 186 res­i­den­tial units along­side 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 LRT’S ar­rival.

This Bramp­ton tower has been met with both op­ti­mism and op­po­si­tion. Some neigh­bours have aired con­cerns at pub­lic meet­ings about the im­pacts of the build­ing shad­ow­ing their res­i­dences. De­vel­oped by G- force Ur­ban Plan­ners, an ur­ban and re­gional land de­vel­op­ment con­sult­ing firm, the pro­posed tower would re­quire an amend­ment of the zon­ing by­law to per­mit the 1.3-acre project.

Though it’s a mod­est de­vel­op­ment by in­ner- city stan­dards, the project rep­re­sents a pivot in the outer sub­urb to­ward high­den­sity plan­ning — one that’s needed. By 2041, the pop­u­la­tion of Bramp­ton is ex­pected to grow to 890,000. That’s up from 617,994, based on data from the 2016 cen­sus and fore­cast­ing by Hem­son Con­sult­ing, which pro­jected growth at 13 per cent.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is a 10- minute walk from the Bramp­ton Gate­way Ter­mi­nal and Shop­per’s World, a site flagged for ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion — and per­haps the most dra­matic ex­am­ple of den­sity plan­ning that’s hit­ting the sub­urbs. The mall, built in 1969, is the fu­ture home of a master- planned neigh­bour­hood be­ing pro­posed by Riocan. Plans, sub­mit­ted for ap­proval this fall, in­di­cate that the 58- acre site would house a se­ries of res­i­den­tial build­ings — from three storeys to 28 storeys — that con­tain 5,000 units. The in­com­ing neigh­bour­hood, which could take 30 years to com­plete, would fea­ture mixe­dused apart­ments, re­tail space, of­fice build­ings, town­houses, a com­mu­nity cen­tre and li­brary. In short, many of the fea­tures of a ma­jor ur­ban hub.

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

PHO­TOS: CONSULATE DE­VEL­OP­MENT GROUP

The Consulate De­vel­op­ment Group’s pro­posed 20/Twenty Town­homes near the LRT in Mis­sis­sauga will in­clude 148 back-to-back stacked town­houses along­side park­lands.

An in­te­rior at the pro­posed 20/Tenty Town­homes in Mis­sis­sauga.

A land­scaped pa­tio at the pro­posed 20/Twenty Town­homes de­vel­op­ment.

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