Mississauga’s Massive 10-Tower M City Complex Represents the Future of the Greater Toronto Area
This was not your run-of-the-mill ground breaking! On May 28, construction officially kicked off for the pair of 60-storey towers at the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway in Mississauga.
The ceremony marked a start to the first two phases of a massive development project known as M City — a 10-tower complex that will not only alter Mississauga’s skyline, but also reshape its future.
In 2016, the family of telecom and media mogul Ted Rogers announced plans for a $1.5 billion real-estate development on a six-hectare parcel of land in downtown Mississauga, originally purchased in 1960 for their radio transmitter (now housed at the CN Tower) at a cost of $170,000.
The Rogers plan called for 10 residential condo towers and two acres of parkland with frontage on Burnhamthorpe Road.
“We’re very excited this new M City project will be built here on the Rogers land with 10 buildings on 15-acres and a dedication of two acres of parkland right in the downtown core of our city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie at the time of the announcement. “It’s adding to our plan of a liveable, walk-able downtown.”
M City seems well in line with Mississauga’s Downtown21 Master Plan, which calls for a “significant transformation” of the downtown core from a suburban to an urban space.
The buildings will have a modern architectural design, spotlighting undulating stories. They will neighbor public parks featuring European style outdoor patio spaces. There will ultimately be 6,000 units for rent or sale, ranging in price from $200,000 to $700,000. The project will continue in stages over the next decade.
According to one of the project’s urban planners, Mark Reeve, M City will be offering an alternative to comparable condo living in downtown Toronto.
“Starting price will be under $200,000 for a one-bedroom suite, so we’re trying to take people looking at downtown (Toronto) where they’re a lot more expensive and have them take a look at what we’re doing out here,” he said.
The community will be within easy access of the planned LRT. The first two towers of the complex are scheduled to be completed in 2021, one year before the scheduled opening of the Hurontario LRT, which will include a stop just blocks from M City.
Urban planners say the M City complex and rapid transit projects have placed Mississauga at the forefront of Toronto’s suburbs when it comes to planning and population growth.
“Mississauga really represents the future of the Greater Toronto Area,” said Graham Haines, a research manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute. “It’s a municipality that’s starting to figure out how to build up instead of build out.”