A major revitalization of CF Shops at Don Mills in Toronto is now complete. Cadillac Fairview began the $21-million transformation last year, with upgrades in pedestrian walkways, outdoor gathering spots and entertainment zones.
“CF Shops at Don Mills is more than a shopping centre, it’s a 40-acre, integrated community, featuring a range of independent and international retail brands, office space, elevated dining options, as well as a community park, three residential towers, with four to follow, and a future community centre,” said Niall Collins, senior vice-president, development, Cadillac Fairview. “When we began transforming the centre last year, our intent was to provide further integration with the growing condo community and amplify what was already a vibrant, mixed-use destination where people come together.”
New spaces like patio zones and expanded entertainment areas complement attractions, such as Town Square. A property-wide music speaker system has also been implemented for greater, overall ambiance. Upgraded landscaping, furniture, seating options and new art installations have revitalized the look of the property, and the existing water fountain has been refreshed to include artistic features for guests of all ages.
Group cycling and outdoor yoga classes, a weekly farmers market and art events enhance offerings for community members.
For more convenient navigation, there is new wayfinding, signage and connections. Guests visiting the property by car will see new, illuminated digital signage and large entry identifier pylons. The free, four-level parkade has been updated with digital signage displaying real time parking counts for the 1,000 stalls. A new pedestrian connection off Karl Fraser Road has also been installed for better access to and from the retail area.
Pedestrians will notice improved walkways, which include widened sidewalks, new pedestrian connections, and improved site wide signage. Subway station and track construction at nearby Science Centre Station (formerly Don Mills Station) continues for future access to the Crosstown LRT.
“As Ontario’s first open air lifestyle shopping centre, we see the heaviest traffic in the summer months with guests looking to take advantage of the warmer temperatures to spend time dining, shopping the latest trends or taking in our entertainment offering,” said Ilene Klein, general manager, CF Shops at Don Mills. “We’re thrilled to unveil these new improvements, as well as our extended summer programming to give guests even more to experience with their families and friends and other community members.”