According to Mike Belcastro, the destruction of the old Target building at the Seaway Mall will bring big changes not only to the property, but also to the city of Welland.
In its place will go a planned community offering various housing options, walking trails, multimodal transportation and smart technology.
Warbler Place Urban Village will span six acres of land in the northeast corner of the mall property at 800 Niagara Street, and will feature a private road network from Lancaster Drive and Seaway Drive.
Last month, the city council approved a draft vacant land condominium plan for the site to create 15 units, which operate as blocks in housing estates.
A city staff report said these blocks will house townhouses and low-, mid- and high-rise apartment buildings ranging from 16 to 22 stories for about 1,300 housing units.
“We are thrilled to see the project take off,” Belcastro, president of the mall, said in a statement.
During the demolition of the Target building, one of the first steps in servicing the land, the mall said there could be inconveniences for customers and employees, such as parking restrictions and loud noises. .
“Community safety is of the highest priority during this process, and people are reminded to stay away from blocked areas,” said promoter Drew Toth of Elevate Living Niagara.
He said the closing of the old Target store symbolized the start of something new and something so needed in Niagara.
Toth is the developer of a six-story, 129-unit building at 697-699 Niagara Street where residents will have access to a Tesla 3 and shared electric scooters and bikes when they move in.
The design for 697-699 Niagara Street, which will feature a five-story building with 84 units as part of Phase 2 construction, is based on the greatest need in Niagara – purpose-built rentals for single units.
As for the Warbler Place Urban Village development, a grand opening showcasing it and the various partners involved will take place on September 17 at the mall.
In the statement, the mall said customers and residents can find updates at seawaymall.com/new-development.