Over the summer, the Edmonton CDC has been working with a neighbourhood design team (residents and business owners) to identify design concepts for our McCauley land on 95th Street and 106 Avenue.
The McCauley Design Team has finalized design concepts to showcase and to obtain feedback to aid in the decision on the final concept. Over the next few weeks, people will have the opportunity to provide feedback through an online survey and through two events to be announced.
We are seeking feedback on the concepts sketches by Emily Chu, a local graphic artist. The sketches are place holders for the concepts; the actual structure may not resemble the sketch.
The concepts for the 95th St. and 106 Ave. site, (often referred to as the Paskins Site), include an urban hardware store serving the downtown core. The City of Edmonton’s 2019 census reports over 57,000 people living downtown and in nearby communities such as Oliver, Alberta Avenue and Boyle Street. There is a market to be served as Westmount is the location of the nearest hardware store.
Hardware Store Option
Another concept, a makers’ space, (check out this report for more information about a makers’ space in Edmonton) could be a place for artisans in the fields of ceramics, glass blowing, textiles and more.
A food emporium, the third concept, could have local businesses such as a pop up restaurant space for local entrepreneurs to test their menus and operations, pasta makers, deli, brewery, pastry and chocolate counter to name a few of the ideas for the concept.
Food Emporium Concept
The makers’ space and the food emporium would have flexible spaces so that small, “shoe box” spaces can be leased. If there is demand, there may be an opportunity for loft style residences above the businesses – perhaps where the owners of the businesses choose to live.
Whichever option the community decides on, the Design Team envisions a green house on the Lay Down Site, the site just south of 106 Avenue. When you click on the feedback form link you will be asked to provide your feedback on the Greenhouse as well.
Green House Concept
We plan to have a concept chosen by the end of January so that we can start seeking tenants in February. The goal is to secure tenants, then co-design the structure with the tenants, through an Integrated Design Process (IDP) team. This link is to a guide that explains the IDP.
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The land is zoned for RA7, a zone for Low Rise Apartments. Within this general purpose are the following permitted uses
a) Single Detached Housing
b) Secondary Suite, with not more than one Sleeping Unit
c) Minor Home Based Business
d) Limited Group Homes
e) Fascia On-premises Signs
However, the design team is interested in options that will require rezoning.
Boyle McCauley Area Redevelopment Plan
Stay tuned for more info.