Edward Rogers and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie were on hand to officially signal the start of construction on Phase One and Two of M City, Mississauga’s new master planned community. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the future site of the development, located at the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway.
The two flagship M City towers will anchor the legacy project by Rogers Real Estate Development Limited, a private holding company owned by the Rogers family. In development since 2007, the firm brought on Urban Capital Property Group to manage the process of turning the 15-acre site, which was owned by the Rogers family, into a $1.5 billion master planned community development.
“In the last few years especially, we’ve seen Mississauga not only undergo incredible transformation, but embrace it,” said Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., in a press release. “M City shares the city’s vision to create a vibrant downtown core that prioritizes parkland, public space and walkability.”
“Building investments like M City help strengthen our city’s tax base and allow us to fund important priorities we all rely on including libraries, community centres and public transit,” added Crombie. “I’m pleased to be breaking ground today at M City, a development inspired by our city’s Downtown21 Master Plan, our blueprint to create a more liveable, downtown core that is home to public spaces, educational institutions, a vast public transit network, walkable streets, and intensified residential and commercial developments.”
With a team of planning and design experts, Rogers Real Estate Development Limited and Urban Capital brought in leading Canadian firms CORE Architects and Cecconi Simone to manage building design and interiors. New York-based urban design firm Cooper Robertson was enlisted to re-imagine the 15 acres as a liveable, sustainable mixed-use community, which includes over two acres of public parkland. The site’s new framework will extend existing city streets on an angular plane to create a walkable fine-grained network of blocks, while typical residential blocks will provide two-way roads with on-street parking, large sidewalks and residential frontages.
Photo (left to right): Eric Hixon, Martha Rogers, John Anderton, Vice President, Treasurer, Rogers Private Companies, Andrew Whittemore, Planning Commissioner, City of Mississauga, Edward Rogers, Chairman, Rogers Communications Inc., Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga, Loretta Anne Rogers, Councillor Nando Iannicca, Ward 7, Alan Horn, President & Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Private Companies, Mark Reeve, Partner, Urban Capital.