Ajax, Harwood Plaza

Over the years RGR has been involved in the redevelopment of many outdated and uncompetitive retail sites. Harwood Shopping Center in Ajax is a prime example of our involvement in these types of projects. Harwood mall was built in the 60s and originally housed a Woolco Department Store attached to a small community sized indoor retail mall. The new owners of the property, First Capital Realty Corp, wanted to de-mall the shopping center, renovate and re-tenant to bring the shopping center up to modern standards and make it a profitable investment. RGR was retained to oversee the development approval process which included negotiations with the city over new urban design guidelines and a new vision for the Ajax Downtown to be implemented through a new Official Plan for the Town as well as a new Zoning Bylaw. Flexibility in redevelopment while maintaining future expansion rights was the objective and these were successfully obtained by RGR. Once again the public face for the developer RGR successfully negotiated with city officials, politicians and local residents and property owners. Additional development rights were secured for the Harwood Road and Bayly Street frontages that now house a series of freestanding retail and restaurant buildings. RGR managed the development approval team and the now existing Harwood Shopping Center is a vibrant retail center.