With The Oilers’ new home almost ready, Ice District is only a few weeks away from its glorious debut. And while the stadium has many people excited, the boom of developments are what will bring people to the area more permanently. Here are our favourite developments happening in Edmonton right now, either in the midst of construction or about to begin, and why they represent the next stage of development for Ice District, and Edmonton in general.
1. The Edmontonian
With an amazing name and an even more amazing location, The Edmontonian is a proposed at 105th Ave and 101 St. The combination condo building, hotel, and office tower is expected to reach 71 storeys tall, making it the second-tallest building in Canada when it’s finished. Residents in the condo are abel to take advantage of the hotel’s amenities and its expected to become the new shining tower for Edmonton’s downtown. As of right now, it’s still a gravel parking lot, but that’s expected to change in the near future.
2. Strathearn Development
Across the river, at 95 Avenue and 87 Street, an ambitious property development is about to break ground and inject some new into Strathcona. With the Valley Line LRT heading right past the proposed development, it could prove to be a completely new way to think about Edmonton south of downtown. Strathearn Development was originally envisioned as four “high-rise towers and more than a dozen smaller buildings on nine hectares occupied by aging walkup apartments.” The plans have changed somewhat thanks to the 2008 recession, but 1,900 condo and rental units should be going up in the near future.
3. Massey-Harris Redevelopment
The block of the old Healey Ford dealership is about to be transformed into three 40+ storey buildings. It was originally roadblocked because of potential problems involving solar panels, but City Council moved forward anyways. Ground is expected to break in mid-2017 now, with plans to incorporate the old 1947 Massey-Harris Building.
Edmonton’s real estate is experiencing a boom in development for a number of reasons, and every one of them is also a reason to be excited. From the developments that will redefine our skyline to the smaller projects that will revitalize our neighbourhoods, the next few years will have an interesting impact on our city, and on our real estate industry.