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, Europe, the US, and eastern Canada for work opportunities for businesses like the Great Western Garment Company.
A century later, McCauley has undergone numerous revitalization efforts to accommodate the city’s growing population while preserving the neighbourhood’s cultural heritage.
Community members have played a substantial role in influencing the changes to the infrastructure of their neighbourhood over the years. Bob McKeon, a McCauley resident since the 70s, was one of the neighbourhood activists who fought for limited traffic on 96 St. and one-way residential streets.
In 2010, the city invested $10.5 million in the McCauley Revitalization Strategy focused on implementing enhanced safety measures, orchestrating community events, improving green spaces, and providing sustainable housing and service options.
During that time, the community has seen over forty new businesses, a couple dozen new houses and upgrades to anchoring landmarks such as the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre.
Fast forward ten years later, the city is continuing the momentum of revitalization and has chosen Boyle Street and McCauley in their ‘Building Great Neighbourhoods’ initiative, with construction to start in 2023.
Their vision for Boyle Street and McCauley includes:
- Promoting a walkable neighbourhood by providing clean, smooth, and comfortable connections during their commute.
- Optimizing the use of parks and green spaces to create an inviting and thriving extension of outdoor living where people are encouraged to socialize and gather.
- Rehabilitating residential roads for ease of access and navigation.
- Cultivating the neighbourhood’s culture and history.
In a recent online event for community feedback, the city shared the final designs that will guide the McCauley neighbourhood renewal project. Michael Quiambao, the Project Coordinator for the Edmonton Community Development Company (ECDC), was in attendance and said,
“It’s important we don’t neglect these older neighbourhoods. The development the city is putting forward is vital in attracting new families as well as strengthening the morale of current residents.”
Four properties of the ECDC’s Project 10 initiative are located in McCauley. They have acquired ten problem properties to date and plan to build modern housing for families to purchase.
A few examples of the changes included in the design are:
96 Street – 111 to 107A Ave
- An on-street protected bike lane will be placed on both sides of 96 Street, providing a north-south cycle connection to other areas of the neighbourhood.
- Additional seating areas added between 108 and 108A Avenue that could be closed for special events/markets.
- A bike-activated signal located at 111 Avenue.
Giovanni Caboto Park
- A new east-west path through the middle of the park to improve walking connections.
- One-way northbound vehicle traffic direction on 94 Street to create space for new sidewalk.
- A north-south sidewalk on the west side of 94 street to improve connections around the park.
- Amber flasher signal for enhanced pedestrian crossing at 95 Street and 109 Avenue.
105A Avenue – 101 to 100 Street
- Curb extension added to 105A Ave and 101 Street along with a slight narrowing of road width to reduce the crossing distance for people walking and create public space for new tree plantings on the north side near 100 Street.
To view the complete design booklet, click here.
The neighbourhood of Boyle Street and McCauley is home to over 10,000 residents. With the overall population of Edmonton predicted to rise, the city is preparing the infrastructure of these communities for the next 30-50 years. For more information on how to get involved, provide feedback, or receive updates on the renewal project, click here.