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Old November 26th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Stockyards - Retail Development - NW Corner of St. Clair W. and Weston Rd

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Big Box Retail Development at the northwest corner of St. Clair W. and Weston Rd

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Old November 27th, 2010, 08:36 AM   #2
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They are going to call it "Stockyards"??? As in slaughterhouse? Who'd want to live in a stockyard?
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Old November 27th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #3
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I think that entire neighbourhood, including the houses to the north of this development, is already known as stockyards. And I agree, I'd choose a different moniker.

Now, forgetting about the name for a second, this is how big box development should be done in the city, if it is to be done. It's a shame that the neighbouring blocks were not planned in the same fashion [maybe future redevelopment]. It's not an architectural marvel but it's not the cheapest possible design. The scale is OK for the neighbourhood, cars are tucked in, it meets the street and the whole development fronts public transit. Not a bad project overall.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 09:06 PM   #4
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I agree. It definately gives a more urban feeling than the SmartCentres popping up like weeds in the fringes and the 905.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #5
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I suppose if people must have their box stores this is a better way to do it. What is up with that epic music for such a hum drum animation.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #6
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This site is a blank slate and this is the best the developer could come up with?!? What about people? Mixed use? Density? Sustainable development???
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Old September 30th, 2011, 04:32 AM   #7
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Toronto Star article:

Canadian Mall Developers Eyeing Port Lands

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RioCan’s retail portfolio is also dominated by conventional plazas, however it’s also developing an innovative two-storey glass store at the Stockyards, at St. Clair and Weston, for Target Corp. The development will include a Best Buy, Michaels and Marshalls, he added.
Read More: http://www.thestar.com/business/arti...-in-port-lands
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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #8
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i like the parody brands in the video.

"mine west"
"navy store" (old navy)
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 05:40 AM   #9
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They are going to call it "Stockyards"??? As in slaughterhouse? Who'd want to live in a stockyard?
Well, branding didn't really hurt the Meatpacking District
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Old February 12th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #10
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Street scale storefronts, a second level of outdoor shopping access and parking lot, a roundabout.. this video suprised me.
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I live 5 minutes from this new shopping centre. I think it's great, especially since there is a Winners and a Target there. The food choices are also decent.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #12
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Maybe I'll take some pics next time I stop by. It's much more urban than its counterparts across the street.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:44 AM   #13
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I stopped by today and took some photos. It's not too busy yet because much of it is still being developed, but it's a good addition to the area.















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They are going to call it "Stockyards"??? As in slaughterhouse? Who'd want to live in a stockyard?
Yes, I know this reply is a few years old, but I guess I didn't notice it the first time around. There's the Meatpacking District in NYC. Carleton Village is the name for the residential on the other side (east) of the railway tracks didn't really catch on. Possibly the confusion with Carlton St. (without the E)downtown?
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Old April 10th, 2014, 09:15 PM   #15
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Why didn't they build residential above the retail?
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An ever-so slight step up from a typical big box retail centre. Still firmly within the realm of terrible.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #17
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That whole area is an architectural write-off! but it sure offers lots of shopping and parking.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 06:25 PM   #18
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They could have made a lot more money and created a better neighbourhood by building rental apartments or even condos above the stores. They would have added density to the area, as well as provided more customers for the retail portion. I can't believe that developers miss this quite obvious opportunity.

Toronto desperately needs more rental apartments.
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They could have made a lot more money and created a better neighbourhood by building rental apartments or even condos above the stores. They would have added density to the area, as well as provided more customers for the retail portion. I can't believe that developers miss this quite obvious opportunity.

Toronto desperately needs more rental apartments.
I agree. It's literally in the back corner of Frances Nunziata's ward and probably escaped her notice. Cesar Palacio on the other side of the tracks probably had more to do with the project at the requests of his constituents who don't want the extra traffic. I can just imagine what those NIMBYs would do if residences were going to be incorporated into the project!
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Everybody wants subways but nobody wants the added density, needed to support that subway. (or the added taxes) This area could use the density. It has a streetcar, so it can deal with more density but you are probably right, locals might not like it.
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