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Old Warden Power Centre
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created by lopix on 7/14/2005 3:55 PM
last modified by Avatar-X on 2/25/2009 12:46 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Smallish mall in the process of being demolished. Major building gutted but for concrete walls and floors and some wiring. Rear building half demolished, still half intact. Empty stores and crumbling buildings made for an interesting visit, though wary of the safety of the one building. As much fun as it was to poke around, there really wasn't anything terribly exciting to see.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Was easy, nothing left anymore
Recommendation: forget it, nothing left to see
 Physical Information
Warden north of St. Clair
Toronto, Ontario
Owner: unsure
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • lots of pointy stuff and potential falling objects
  •  Interesting Features
    empty stores
    piles of neat stuff
    heavy machinery
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1970
    Closed: 2005
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    The Warden Power Centre was a crappy little mall in the East end of Toronto, called Scarborough. Like any mall, really, nothing that much special about it that I know. Been Googling away and there is not a ton out there about it. What I could find, I have posted here for your perusal.

    In 1995, the management company boasted:

    "Within the retail industry, Enterprise is known for having creatively solved problems for some tough properties. One of Enterprise’s current projects, the redevelopment of Warden Woods Shopping Centre in Scarborough, ON, serves as an example.

    "This property was clearly in trouble and desperately needed to establish a new direction, to create a market position it could dominate, in order to turn it around," says Mike Mackenzie, Partner, Retail Leasing.

    Now known as the Warden Power Centre, Enterprise replaced the failing department store anchor with a team of superstore anchors, including Future Shop, Michaels and The Sports Authority, to create Canada’s first enclosed power centre. The CRU component of the mall has been 95 per cent re-merchandised with a combination of promotional, outlet and specialty stores, such as The Shoe Company, People’s Jewellers Outlet, Dack’s Outlet and The Crafter’s Marketplace. With strong initial sales reported — a number of the stores are already ranked amongst their chain’s top five performers — some industry watchers believe Warden Power Centre will prove a likely model for other traditional enclosed centres throughout Canada.

    Perhaps the greatest compliment paid Warden Power Centre are the three International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Awards presented as a result of the repositioning program."

    While an interview with the Director of Neighborhood Services in 2003 had this to say:

    "There's some, but there's not a lot around the area Warden Woods. But if you want to look at some small business types, I mean the closest mall here is the Warden Power Centre, but the mall is not doing well, it's actually up for sale. The developers have it out for sale. There's a constant change over stores in there. And I think that's the sign of the community as well. It's a sign of what people can afford and can't afford. So, it's become more like an outlet mall.

    The Warden Power Centre is up for sale, the parking lot adjacent to the TTC is up for sale, so there is potential, and we have a group of counselors that are looking with busy developers to develop housing. Not subsidized housing, but like regular housing, which could change the face of the community."

    When I was there in May of 2005, well, you can tell from the pictures what is happening on this site. I found some city Community Consultation Meeting minutes which lends credence to the idea that a new subdivision will soon be sprouting in this location:

    "The lands at 725 Warden Avenue have an area of approximately 8.8 hectares, and are currently occupied by the Warden Power Centre shopping centre, which is to be demolished. Mattamy (Warden) Limited has applied for amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, and a Draft Plan of Subdivision, to permit the redevelopment of the lands with approximately 520 residential units in 3-storey buildings (including townhouses and low rise apartments), and a public park."

    I will cruise by there again soon and see what is going on...
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    Looks like Mattamy will be building 520 houses, plus low-rises and a park.
    Happy Accident
    Tue, May 3rd, 2005
    posted by lopix

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     Web Links pdf/comm_meeting_notice_021705.pdf
    www.chass.utoronto...y/Teaching/soc394/ 2002_2003/WardenWoods%20interview%20with%20Christine.doc planning/pdf/access_system_feb16.pdf

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