With the arrival of the Finch West LRT, our community will be growing and changing in new ways, including new development. In response, Jane Finch Mall has created jfm+ to start the process of planning for the future of the Site, exploring changes that could include a mix of housing, retail, and community amenities.Share Your Ideas
We've always worked hard to grow with the changes in our neighbourhood and support our community's needs by investing in a range of improvements, including community events, as well as new shops and services. While Jane Finch Mall will evolve, that commitment isn't changing.
jfm+ is a visioning process to plan for the future of the Site and is currently comprised of: the long-term owners of Jane Finch Mall; a community engagement team with deep roots in the Jane Finch community, who are passionate about our neighbourhood's future; and a planning and design team dedicated to reflecting the shared vision of our community.
We are committed to working with Jane Finch Mall tenants, neighbours, and our larger community to develop a shared vision for how the Site can continue to play an important role in our neighbourhood.
Any changes introduced will build on the ways that Jane Finch Mall supports our community today.
The jfm+ process goes beyond a typical development planning process to understand how the Site, positioned in the heart of Jane and Finch, can continue to play an important role in our community. Visit our News & Events page to stay informed about where we are in the planning process, what we've heard to date, and how we're incorporating this feedback into our ideas.
We know Jane Finch Mall sits at the crossroads of our community. Our goal is to maintain the Site as a community anchor, be transit-supportive, while providing a mix of new uses, including new housing, shops, community amenities, parks and open spaces.
After connecting with more than 1,200 community members through one-on-one conversations, walking tours, working sessions and two community-wide virtual community events, a wide range of themes have emerged:
It is important to recognize that there are many physical, structural, economic and policy considerations that will inform what is possible and when changes may happen.
Stay up to date on what we've heard from our community members so far, along with ideas for the Site that align with our community's wants and needs on the News & Events page.
Let us know how you want to help shape the future of Jane Finch Mall.
No. We're at the beginning of a long process that will involve listening to and engaging with our community before proposing any changes. Any changes introduced will build on the ways that Jane Finch Mall supports our community today, including places to shop and gather, as well as new amenities and homes.
We're not making any changes right away. Our first priority is to hear from our community and learn more about your needs. Our emerging framework explores a plan for development on the Site over 20+ years. Our team has already heard from more than 1,200 community members, and we are in our next phase of community consultations to uncover more. This will be a long process. We'll keep you informed and updated every step of the way.
Jane Finch Mall has a very long, vibrant history in the Jane Finch area since opening in 1968. We know the community makes the shopping centre, and we've always worked hard to grow and evolve with this neighbourhood and support our community's needs by investing in a range of improvements, including community events as well as new shops and services.
While Jane Finch Mall will evolve, this commitment isn't changing. We want to work with our community to develop a shared vision for how the Site can continue to play an important role in our neighbourhood.
With the construction of the Finch West LRT, our future is going to look a little different, so we're beginning to plan for how Jane Finch Mall site will evolve to better serve our community.
This process starts with conversations with tenants and neighbours. We have already heard from more than 1,200 community members and are finding new ways to connect with others.
We'll work with the community throughout the process to move forward together, incorporating key public policy priorities and the interests of the long-term property owners.
We expect the planning process to take several years between community consultations, developing the plan, submissions to the City, and eventual approval of any application.
At this time, options are being considered for the Site. Drawing from the emerging framework ideas in Phase 2 of the consultation process and feedback from the community, the jfm+ team is currently exploring how we can bring these ideas to life. The eventual plan will include a mix of uses, including homes, stores and community amenities.
We are in the early stages of a long process. Our emerging framework explores a plan for development of the Site over 20+ years.
Opportunities for community input will be possible at each stage of the planning and development process.
After connecting with more than 1,000 community members, through one-on-one conversations, walking tours, working sessions and, two community-wide virtual event, a wide range of themes have emerged, including the desire for community space and community services, physical improvements and greening to our community, job and economic opportunities, incorporating, reflecting and honouring the history, culture and heritage of our community; and the ongoing involvement of the community in any proposed changes to the Site;
There is hope for the future mixed with concerns around gentrification, affordability and ongoing construction and traffic issues.
Our goal for the Jane Finch Mall site is to maintain the Site as a community anchor, be transit-supportive and provide a mix of uses including new housing, shops, community amenities, parks, and open spaces.
That said, any future development plans need to take into consideration many factors, including municipal policies and guidelines, provincial policies, and structural limitations.
The jfm+ planning and design team is developing the emerging framework plan representing "Big Ideas" for the Site that align with our community's wants and needs, while taking these factors into consideration.
Meanwhile, the jfm+ community engagement team will update the larger Jane Finch community on ideas and concepts and continue to gather feedback that will help shape any future development plans.
It's up to you. You can connect with us through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Keep an eye on our social channels for opportunities to participate at upcoming events.
You can also fill out the form above to let us know how you prefer to participate in the conversation, and be kept up to date on the future of Jane Finch Mall.
For Mall tenants, we plan on discussing the process at regular tenant meetings to keep everyone up to date.
Existing tenants are at the core of this process, and retail uses will always be an integral element of the Site.
Our emerging framework explores a plan for development of the Site over 20+ years. We are looking carefully at phasing so that existing tenants will not be impacted right away or all at once, and any impacts would be through a phased approach as portions of the Site are updated over many years. This will ensure important community shops and services are maintained on site throughout the development period
Tenants are being engaged throughout this process so we can better understand their needs and ensure that plans create spaces that are supportive of local retailers.
Our tenant-focused engagement activity includes regular and topic-specific meetings, connecting in the jfm+ Community Engagement Space and maintaining open lines of communication between existing tenants and owners day-to-day via Jane Finch Mall management staff.
With the arrival of the Finch West LRT, we know that changes are coming to the neighbourhood and that our community has concerns regarding how growth and development will affect the community, both now and in the future.
Gentrification is an issue across the City, and we understand that it is a major concern as change comes to the neighbourhood. While development of the Site will not solve gentrification, it will respond to City policies and deploy additional strategies to minimize negative impacts on existing residents, including a long-term phased approach to bring growth and benefits to our community, including new parks, open spaces and community spaces.
We are not new to the neighbourhood. We recognize our community’s concerns, and the importance of maintaining the character of the Site.
We have heard that affordable housing is important to the community. The development of the Site will be subject to the City’s policies and regulations regarding affordability, including inclusionary zoning. Affordable units will be delivered based on the City’s definition of affordable rental and ownership, and we will continue to explore opportunities for a range of affordability on-site through the development processes.
We are in active discussions with the City to coordinate and find alignment between this process and the City’s Jane-Finch Initiative.
We are aware of a number of community benefits initiatives here in the Jane Finch neighbourhood and across the City, including the City’s Community Benefits Framework. We are reviewing and learning from these initiatives.
We are monitoring development activity in the area, including the Community Hub & Centre for the Arts development, to learn from that process and ensure the outcomes on the Mall Site can complement what happens with the Community Hub.
We are actively engaging with grassroots community groups, organizations and various network tables including the City’s Jane-Finch Initiative’s Community Advisory Committee.
It is a priority that new development on the Jane Finch Mall site delivers new community benefits.
Development on the Site will be subject to a community benefits charge (CBC), which will be determined based on City regulations. The CBC charge is paid to the City, and funds are spent by the City to support a range of community services and amenities. The CBC charge is in addition to affordable housing required through inclusionary zoning, and in addition to requirements for new parks on the Site.
Other benefits are being explored as the development proposal takes shape through our extensive community engagement process, but the final method for outlining and securing these benefits is yet to be determined.
We hope to have further updates by the end of 2022.
We have heard that community programming in new open space is important to build a sense of ownership/belonging. Input at this stage of the project will help ensure that new open spaces are located, designed and scaled to address important community priorities.
The ultimate design and operation of new open spaces will be clarified during the development process.