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New Mall in Waterloo

Went to a public meeting by the developers of a new mall on Ira Needles Boulevard and University (approx)

I was very pleased to see a design that resembles some of the malls I saw in Portland and Whistler. The buildings are around the edge with the car park inside. The cars are separated by trees and planters.

It is very easy for pedestrians to enter the mall by walkways from the sidewalk instead of trying to walk through the parking lot wasteland of a traditional mall. There will be outdoor cafes and a fountain in the middle.

Access to transit right from the get go.

Residents pleased at possibilites for teen-ager jobs. Liked idea of a movie theatre and Loews.

Only difficulties that came up,  people are leery walking across the roundabout to get to the mall. (You just have to meet the eyes of the drivers and they will stop as they must yield to pedestrians. )

Concerns about Thorndale open to Ira Needles, traffic on University pass the high school, illumination on Ira Needles for pedestrians.

And, of course, possible landfill odours as mentioned below.

Landfill Odours

In the spring, there were problems with landfill odours in Westvale due to some work going on in the dump. 

 Staff has been very diligent in working with the residents and members of the landfill liasion committee to try and solve things. Lately, the odours seem to have vanished.

I am proud of our staff who even go out late at night to explore the source of odours when a complaint comes in.

Also the Waterloo Landfill Liasion Committee have made a very significant contribution .

Recently, I attended a meeting by developers of a proposed new mall. One difficulty is the mall will be near the part of the landfill cells that will be expanding in the future. What will possible smells mean to the mall?