Wonderland & Southdale Power Center Grows

March 21, 2009 at 8:11 am 1 comment

We try to dedicate this site to Good urban design, however it is hard to show good examples when so many bad developments are currently being constructed. The Southside Group “Empire” is growing once again this time on west side of Wonderland south of Southdale just south of the Home Depot in the big box power center uniquely called Westwood – there are no woods, hardly any trees, in fact, just huge stores (pushed as far back as they can go on the property) along with vast parking between Wonderland Rd and the stores. I must say this this development(both east and west sides of Wonderland south of Southdale) along with the Hyde Park development have to be the least pedestrian friendly commercial developments in the city! With side walks starting in random places (usually between rows of parked cars) going zig zag all over and then finishing in another random place. I believe this development lacks vision it seems just like someone is out to make a quick buck not giving a care in the world as to what it will look like and about the end user. Often I wonder why developers of these big box centers don’t give some character to their developments to differentiate them from the other bland big box centers all around town. For example why not place the front row of buildings (the ones along the west side of wonderland south of southdale) right up to the lot line – up to the sidewalk – and create a street wall leaving an openning every few stores to allow access to the parking lot. Maybe adding a central park space or a public square, which could have a splash pad in the summer and a skating rink in the winter- adding these type of amenities could attract more people which equals more business which could mean the developer makes a premium on this site because the activities bring a lot more people to the area who will stay longer and this means they could buy more in stores. 

Anyway, back to Westwood Power Center (Phase 2 of 3)- there is currently the steel frame of a giant building going up which will house 5 stores; given that none of these stores have backed out because of the state of the economy, they are –

Location MapWinners – I believe this is their 5 store in London 

HomeSense – From what I understand this store would be moving from its Wellington location 

Jysk – Second store in London

Dollarama – x number store in London (soo many popping up everywhere)

 and TigerDirect.com – This would be the second London location announced (the fist was in Hyde Park next to Sam’s Club- however it seems like this one will be built first)

All the store (if everything goes as planned) should be opened by July 2009-

Here are a few pictures of the on going construction:

 

*JrUD

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  • 1. Tony Brown  |  September 23, 2009 at 8:34 pm

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