Employing the suburban mall typology that was popularized from the 60s to the 80s, Agincourt’s composition is all too familiar: a group of larger anchor stores connected by smaller shops and fast-food restaurants, all surrounded by vast parking lots. In fact, two-thirds of the existing mall’s 26-acre property is used for surface parking.
Located in Agincourt Centre, the mall site has been designated by the City of Toronto as a significant zone for transit investment, including the potential Metrolinx GO Express Rail, Sheppard East LRT and City of Toronto SmartTrack. The site itself is also steps away from the Agincourt GO station and within walking distance to large public amenities and parks, including Ron Watson Park to the northwest, and various schools and community services such as the Agincourt Public Library.
The site is unlocked by relocating the existing anchor tenants: Walmart and the No Frills food store. The food store is prioritized throughout the phasing, allowing it to stay open during construction and continue to meet the needs of the community. This relocation also allows development blocks to absorb the large tenants, while providing smaller-scale retail frontage to animate the new streets.