Toronto developer shuns big box for smaller stores, public transit and trees

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sportsworld_crossingAccording to the stereotype, shopping centre developers set out to cram as much retail floor space as possible onto the available land – then use the rest for acres of parking lot.

Not Mark Kindrachuk, writes Craig Saunders in the Toronto Globe and Mail. The Toronto developer is bucking the big-box trend by building an office and shopping centre in Kitchener, Ont., that will feature smaller stores and public transit options – he’s even saving some of the mature trees for green space.

“We down-zoned ourselves,” he says. “We had the opportunity to do 100,000-square-foot boxes … We’ll guarantee we’ll only do smaller stores.”

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