Change Could be Coming to Your Neighbourhood 

An Update to the City’s Zoning Bylaw By Erica Marie The Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative could transform how your neighbourhood looks in the coming years. City Council’s urban planning committee reviewed a draft of the zoning bylaw rewrite, which plans to reduce the number of standard zones by half, from the current 46 down to […]

Another Tool to Address Derelict Properties 

Property tax may be tripled for rundown homes By Erica Marie In a recent community and public services committee meeting, city staff presented the council with a report on using Edmonton’s property tax system to address derelict properties. With a draft policy detailing a new tax subclass and higher tax rates for derelict properties, the […]

Mature Neighbourhoods Play an Important Role in Edmonton’s City Plan

Promoting the longevity of these communities By Erica Marie Communities are not static. They go through a life cycle with new families moving in during their formative years, bringing in kids to fill schools and adults contributing to nearby businesses.   As neighbourhoods age, properties lose their appeal, and demographics change, causing retailers and commercial […]

The ECDC Commits to Acquiring More Problem Properties

Following the success of their Project 10 initiative By Erica Marie Residents in mature neighbourhoods recognize that issues such as poverty, crime and abandoned properties undermine the beauty and character their area has to offer. Derelict properties, particularly, are a significant challenge for neighbours as they continue to pose safety concerns and promote criminal activity.   […]

The Edmonton Community Development Company’s 5-Year Progress

By Erica Marie With Edmonton’s population and employment growth these past decades, economically distressed neighbourhoods remain isolated from mainstream economic opportunities and continue to experience inequality. A Community Development Company (CDC) has been recognized as an effective tool for revitalizing underserved neighbourhoods. In 2016, Council approved a proposal to establish a CDC in Edmonton as […]

The Spot for Your Next Business Venture

Rejuvenated commercial hub at the heart of Little Italy By Erica Marie Often described as a hidden gem in Edmonton, Little Italy offers some of the best pizzas and coffee you can find in the city. You are welcomed to a culture-rich and diverse community when you enter the charming green, white, and red arch.  […]

Are You Ready to Buy a House?

Information on affordability and down payments By Erica Marie A few weeks ago, the Edmonton Community Development Company (ECDC) hosted an open house to showcase their first completed property ready for sale. As part of their Project 10 initiative, a derelict property that used to sit on this land was demolished and a brand-new front-to-back […]

A Lost Opportunity for the Redevelopment of Sacred Heart School

The ECDC’s attempt to support the vision of the McCauley residents By Erica Marie Nestled in between various places of worship is a landmark once known as Sacred Heart School. Built in 1908, it was the first Catholic school in the city, with 200 students in attendance. As the population grew, the school merged with […]

McCauley’s Revitalization Efforts Continue

Construction anticipated to start in 2023 By Erica Marie History is etched on the streets of McCauley. This neighbourhood was the mecca of diversity and paved the way for multicultural communities. In the 1900s, the Canadian Northern Railway, situated in McCauley, was the city’s main entry point for immigrants. It brought in families from Asia, […]

A New Way of Living: 15-minute Communities

Why Alberta Avenue and McCauley are great neighbourhoods to live in By Erica Marie With gas prices soaring by the day, there is no better time to consider moving into a 15-minute neighbourhood. These communities, made up of smaller neighbourhoods within walking distance of essential amenities, have been gaining popularity in recent years as a […]

A Peek into Edmonton’s Future Developments

The effects of limiting the regulations on zoning By Erica Marie Zoning determines what type of property can be built on a particular land. Early this year, the city planners presented the council with a zoning bylaw draft to streamline the zoning rules for housing, businesses, industry, and open spaces. The proposed change to the […]

What is the Community Property Safety Team? 

Enforcement measures necessary to tackle problem properties By Erica Marie The city of Edmonton introduced the Community Property Safety Team (CPST) earlier this year to implement a stronger approach to addressing problem properties.   In a community and public services committee, the city council heard testimonies of the residents’ traumatic experiences living around derelict properties. The […]

An Important Milestone in the Project 10 Initiative

The demolition of ten problem properties By Erica Marie The Edmonton Community Development Company (ECDC) has successfully reached their goal of 10 problem properties for their Project 10 initiative.    Anna Bubel, a long-time resident of McCauley and researcher for ECDC, assisted in acquiring these properties through community networking. She learned about a deal that […]

The Socio-Economic Costs of Edmonton’s Problem Properties

Quantifying the data to uncover the severity of derelict and problem properties By Erica Marie Edmonton’s core neighbourhoods have been suffering due to widespread derelict properties in their communities. It is difficult to fully comprehend the severity of a problem property without attaching a measurable value.    The Edmonton Community Development Company (ECDC) took on […]

Community Members Speak Out

The voices of those significantly impacted by problem properties By Erica Marie With their cry for help comes a sense of optimism. Alberta Avenue and McCauley residents spoke out at the community and public services committee meeting on the trauma and hardships neighbours face due to problem properties. Calling it a problem seems too light […]

What is Missing Middle Housing?

And how does it benefit mature communities? By Erica Marie In 2010, Daniel Parolek, founder of Opticos Design, coined “Missing Middle Housing.” This type of housing is described as multi-unit housing found in the ‘middle’ of single-family houses and mid-rise buildings. The concept gained popularity because it addresses the opportunities’ missing’ in the housing spectrum. […]

Pre-Sale Opportunities for Homes in Alberta Avenue and McCauley

An established community featuring mature trees, parks, and close proximity to Downtown By Erica Marie Don McKay has been active in the Edmonton area real estate market with Royal LePage for over 30 years. He is a Lifetime Member of the Top 1% of Realtors in Canada and is proud to be a part of […]

The True Essence of a Community: Cultivating Connection

Highlights of the City of Edmonton and the community member’s efforts in Alberta Avenue and McCauley By Erica Marie Alberta Avenue and McCauley are some of the oldest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Inhabited by residents who are passionate about the success of their neighbourhood, the community members and the city of Edmonton work hard to preserve […]

Rebuilding Core Neighbourhoods Through Infill Development

A vital component in the growth of established communities By Erica Marie The appeal of mature neighbourhoods is their character and location. There is a lot of history and memories made in these communities that often get left behind. Infill development is a natural progression for older neighbourhoods and is essential in keeping these communities […]