Retail, Restaurants, Offices to Anchor Brightwater Community
The 72-acre former Imperial Oil lands on Port Credit’s waterfront in Mississauga is to be home to a brand new master-planned community, known as Brightwater. This sprawling brownfield regeneration project from Port Credit West Village Partners—a joint venture of DiamondCorp, Dream Unlimited, FRAM + Slokker, and the Kilmer Group—has been planned by Giannone Petricone Associates and Urban Strategies to bring a mix of uses that will foster a complete community home to 2,995 new residences, including 150 affordable housing units.
Along with 18 acres of new green spaces plus a future elementary school and community centre, the community is to be anchored by over 300,000 ft² of retail, restaurants, and office space concentrated at the north end of the community along Lakeshore Road. Brightwater will extend the Port Credit retail strip through the site, filling in a gap in the local urban fabric with buildings designed and scaled to replicate the pedestrian conditions of the popular retail strip’s main stretch on the east side of the Credit River.
The first retail is set to be built in the initial phases, Brightwater I & II. The Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed residential buildings are to be joined by a retail/commercial component designed by Turner Fleischer Architects. Anchored with a new LCBO location, the first commercial building will be located at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road West and Mississauga Road, forming a northern gateway to the community.
A rendering of the commercial building reveals an exterior of horizontal white slats, reminiscent of shipbuilding techniques, along with metal and glass elements paying homage to the relatively recent industrial past of the site. A grocery store within the building is to be distinguished by wood tones and a sheltering canopy.
Dream is currently seeking additional commercial tenants, with a statement on the project website calling for “like-minded brands to join our vision in making Brightwater a thriving community within Port Credit.”