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Revamped Station Mall could include up to 12 new condo towers

Managing partner with Station Mall says condominiums are included in preliminary planning for future residential developments near the waterfront

The Sault’s waterfront skyline could be getting a massive upgrade.

StratonHunter Group, the hospitality advisors for Station Mall who are currently overseeing a $60-million restoration of the property, recently announced that residential developments are in the preliminary planning stages on both ends of the mall.

These potential developments consist of up to 12 condominium towers, according to the group's website.

While details are limited at this time, the parking lot to the side of the former Sears has been blocked off for several months.


The above illustration from StratonHunter Group's website shows the parking lots at the former Sears and Walmart stores highlighted in blue and labelled: "Future Condo Development."

Parking has been one of the city’s most contentious debates this year, as recently highlighted by a pair of letters to the editor to SooToday that argued in favour and in opposition of additional parking spots downtown.

A recent housing report presented to city council found that Sault Ste. Marie needs 3,115 new housing units by 2036 to accommodate an anticipated population growth of 8,400. Around 779 new units are needed over the next three years alone, according to the city's planning department, an estimate which was outlined in an assessment that can be viewed on pages 86-127 of this document.

As SooToday reported in August, the mall’s historic renovation already includes a 50,000 square-foot "eatertainment" complex, a dining sports bar and restaurant, and up to 15 retailers. Those new retailers include Forever 21, Urban Planet, and a national cosmetics chain yet to be announced.  

The former two-storey Sears, which closed in October 2017 after 43 years in operation, will house those developments, which are expected to be completed in 2024.

StratonHunter Group also put a call-out for a trio of leasing opportunities on the second floor of the former Sears, which will include a restaurant rooftop patio and a fitness and recreation centre.


SooToday has reached out to StratonHunter Group for more details on the proposed residential developments. We will update this story with any comment they provide.

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