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Old January 17th, 2017, 05:05 PM   #1
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M City flagship to hit new heights as Mississauga’s tallest tower

By Tess KalinowskiReal Estate Reporter

Tues., Jan. 17, 2017


Mississauga’s skyline will climb higher and take on another distinctive shape when the first of 10 proposed towers in the Rogers M City development rises at the corner of Burnhamthorpe Rd. and Confederation Pkwy.

The flagship M City building will stand 60 storeys, making it the tallest in Mississauga, and feature an undulating design that bookends the 50- and 56-storeys in the curvy Absolute towers to the east.

“It was our intention to do something truly iconic to frame the downtown. We think this building really does achieve that,” said Mark Reeve, a partner in Urban Capital Developments, the company working with Rogers Real Estate Developments to build M City.

“The design is quite unique. We thought it was a wonderful response to how popular the design of Absolute towers was,” he said.

CORE Architects was selected from among three Toronto firms for its rectangular floor plate design that is visually arresting but maintains conventional, efficient floor plans.


The design is intended to be “iconic yet simple — something that would last the test of time,” said CORE Architects’ Babak Eslahjou.


“We wanted to have an undulating movement in the tower that rose up towards the sky and faded away in the clouds. We have seven different floor plates that rotate one way and then the other. It gives you the impression that it’s just rising up. That’s the reason we don’t have a hat if you will (on the building). It just kind of ends on its own. It helps your eye just go up and down,” he said.

The glass on the balconies appears white, allowing the form of the tower to be read better. It also obscures some of the items people tend to store outside their units, Eslahjou said.


Cities need a mix of utilitarian buildings and more iconic architecture, he said.

“We’re trying to have a distinct design element but it is still a residential building that serves all the purposes and needs of the inhabitants. It’s still about how you’re living in it and how it lives in the city,” Eslahjou said.

The first phase of M City is expected to launch in early March and will include 784 residential units ranging from over 400 sq. ft. to about 900 sq. ft., with one- to three-bedroom suites. Some penthouses will be larger. Prices start at about $200,000.

M City will have a range of amenities, many of them family friendly, from the usual gym and party room, to a splash pad and an outdoor swimming pool.

There’s also a proposal for a skating rink on the tower’s podium in the winter, Reeve said.

The plan is to break ground late this year or early 2018 with a target occupancy in late 2021 or early 2022. The entire 10-tower development is expected to take 10 to 15 years, depending on market conditions.

“Around Square One you’ll continue to see the evolution of more commercial office development as well as new retail concepts. More of the residential density will be concentrated just outside the immediate Square One environment,” Reeve said.

The inspiration for the project was Mississauga’s Downtown 21 plan, said John Anderton, vice-president, treasurer of Rogers Telecommunications Limited.

“We’ve bought right into that. The master plan for our community incorporates all the principles that are embodied in that plan,” he said.

The idea is to intensify the residential and commercial development of Mississauga’s downtown and animate it with more vibrant public spaces, walkable streets and easy access to public transit, including the coming Hurontario LRT, said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“We are building a complete city — a place where people can live, work, earn an education and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life — all within their community. This landmark development will redefine the western edge of downtown Mississauga and add to our growing skyline,” Crombie said in a statement.

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Nice, just added this one as the new skyscraper of the day on our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/skyscrapercity
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Nice to see Missy join the 200m club.
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What a grotesque cityscape... All that free space and... skyscrapers.
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What a grotesque cityscape... All that free space and... skyscrapers.
Mississauga basically grew as a suburban bedroom community of Toronto. It's now attempting to morph into a proper city with its own downtown. It will take creative solutions and decades but I hope they can pull it off.
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lol Pretty much the entirety of Toronto's suburbs is depressing.
The problem is not the cityscape but its animation.

Hopefully Mississauga will get more projects like Burnaby (Vancouver).

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lol Pretty much the entirety of Toronto's suburbs is depressing.
I don't agree with that. It runs the gamut from idyllic to brutal.
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I don't agree with that. It runs the gamut from idyllic to brutal.
Obviously my personal opinion based on what I've seen and experienced in Markham. Erbse describes it well, desolate and grotesque.
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Obviously the region could need a good shovel of New Urbanism for its suburban communities, to de-suburbanise them...

More places like Cornell/Ontario, McKenzie Towne and UniverCity maybe?
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Thanks for those links. I'm not familiar with any of those master planned communities but it's always good to study other places. One can adopt best practices and see how creative approaches can be applied in ones own city.

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Obviously my personal opinion based on what I've seen and experienced in Markham. Erbse describes it well, desolate and grotesque.
The pre-war suburbs like Cabbagetown and the Annex are the best and quite idyllic. The vast majority of suburbs in the City of Toronto are pre-war. Markham, Mississauga, and Vaughan are suburbs outside the City of Toronto and speak to the auto centric post war culture that existed when they were built.

Painting all metro Toronto suburbs with the same brush isn't fair. Someone not familiar with this city wouldn't get an accurate idea of what our suburbs look like based on your post.

Places like Mississauga aren't my cup of tea either but it should be commended for trying to fix urban planning mistakes. If they're successful it will have ramifications for cities across north America that also have auto centric suburbs.
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Thanks for those links. I'm not familiar with any of those master planned communities but it's always good to study other places. One can adopt best practices and see how creative approaches can be applied in ones own city.



The pre-war suburbs like Cabbagetown and the Annex are the best and quite idyllic. The vast majority of suburbs in the City of Toronto are pre-war. Markham, Mississauga, and Vaughan are suburbs outside the City of Toronto and speak to the auto centric post war culture that existed when they were built.

Painting all metro Toronto suburbs with the same brush isn't fair. Someone not familiar with this city wouldn't get an accurate idea of what our suburbs look like based on your post.

Places like Mississauga aren't my cup of tea either but it should be commended for trying to fix urban planning mistakes. If they're successful it will have ramifications for cities across north America that also have auto centric suburbs.
I think once the Hurontario LRT is built, that will be a game changer for Mississauga. Then we will see high density projects such as the one in Burnaby being built in Mississauga.

Maybe in the future, the Eglinton LRT will extended to the Airport and from there to Hurontario LRT creating a supernode at Hurontario and Eglinton will massive commercial, retail and office development at that intersection.
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Move over Toronto, Mississauga has its own condo boom
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Maybe in the future, the Eglinton LRT will extended to the Airport and from there to Hurontario LRT creating a supernode at Hurontario and Eglinton will massive commercial, retail and office development at that intersection.
Do you think it can be done with Square One staying as it is? It kills any semblance of an urban downtown feel with all life sucked off the street and inside a building. Malls tend to do that. The only place I've ever experienced that manages to over come that is downtown Toronto with the Eaton Centre. Even there the sidewalk next to the mall is rather lifeless. It only picks up at each end where the mall stops and to some degree on the east side of Yonge along the mall.
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Do you think it can be done with Square One staying as it is? It kills any semblance of an urban downtown feel with all life sucked off the street and inside a building. Malls tend to do that. The only place I've ever experienced that manages to over come that is downtown Toronto with the Eaton Centre. Even there the sidewalk next to the mall is rather lifeless. It only picks up at each end where the mall stops and to some degree on the east side of Yonge along the mall.
I think once LRT is built, there will no longer be a need for that massive parking spots and that can all get developed into multi-use developments like condos, office space with cafes and lounges on the ground floor.

Square one is a massive monolith, but if you develop the parking lots, that reduces its impact.
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I think once LRT is built, there will no longer be a need for that massive parking spots and that can all get developed into multi-use developments like condos, office space with cafes and lounges on the ground floor.

Square one is a massive monolith, but if you develop the parking lots, that reduces its impact.
Here is what the owners of SQ1 have in mind for the area...
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So where would you park your car then? They should make taller buildings by the way.
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The Mississauga skyline is quite impressive and only getting better.. there isn't an urban feel though but the LRT I'm sure will change that. Square One does occupy a huge portion of downtown but it can be integrated better with when some of the surface lots get redeveloped. We'll likely end up having some multilevel parking facades built to accommodate drivers. There is a large number of developments either in progress or in the works for MCC far more than many Canadian cities are experiencing so we can expect to see a huge impact on the skyline likely in a very short span of time which is exciting.
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