The Tuxedo Park shopping mall was built in 1962 and has been anchored by Safeway for decades. It has has makeovers several times including this past year when Safeway was re-designed in the new configuration that removed their peaked entrance along major exterior changes. Interior design changes also took place through 2021.
The mall itself had major overhaul of its look and a small expansion in 2016. Some stores like Salisbury House and Mac’s didn’t make the cut. A Liquor Mart and a Starbucks are among the newer tenants these last years.
One thing that has not changed ever is the Shell gas station at the corner of 2025 Corydon at Tuxedo. It has been in place for decades…unchanged.
That changed this year.
While the building is still there, the signs have been removed and fencing has gone up around the carwash, convenience store and gas pumps.
It has always looked like a fairly busy station but increasingly, we have seen more supersites like Red River Co-Op Gas in Charleswood where they have 20 or pumps and larger convenience store in place along with a carwash.
A demolition is pending and then removal of tanks and remediation. Once the site is cleared in 2022, a 13 floor condo with three commercial units on the first floor will be built. The residential floors will have 84 units although size has not been indicated.
No parking spaces seems to be lost as the condo falls within the footprint of the Tuxedo Shopping Mall. Still, anyone going to Tuxedo Shopping Centre will tell you that the parking lot can be very filled with cars because of the grocery, pharmacy and especially, during the day, the multiple dentist offices on the second floor.
A number of high rises went up around the mall in the 1970s and 1980s and a low rise condo just went up on Tuxedo. The 13 floor addition on a gas station lot should not be out of the question. And keep in mind? Where will Tuxedo residents live when they downsize? Many neighbourhoods people love to live in make residents move out if they have no multi-unit places to rent or buy.
This has been a editorial by John Dobbin.
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