Boyle Street Development is Alive and Well
Boyle Street residents have been waiting a long time for visible progress towards the redevelopment and revitalization of the area. So it was heartening to read the Boyle Street Community League’s column in the January 2021 issue, which noted quite a few “signs of life.”
At the BSCL’s 2020 AGM, the City of Edmonton’s Mary Ann Debrinski (Director, Urban Renewal) added several more projects to the list prepared by the BSCL. She said, “2020 has been a big year for the Quarters district, and the momentum will continue into 2021.”
- Kinistinâw Park (Phase 1) on 96th Street is now accessible to the public. Design work for Phase II is underway. Phase II will extend the park north on 96th Street for roughly four city lots.
- Residents are moving into The Hat at Five Corners high rise building on 95th Street and Jasper Avenue.
- The historic Brighton Block/Ernest Brown building on Jasper Avenue has been revitalized. Next door, the Pendennis Hotel, also known as the Lodge Hotel, is being redeveloped as mixed-use retail and office space.
- The Quarters Arts Society is operating its new CO*LAB performance space at 9641 102A Avenue.
- The Downtown Edmonton Farmers Market has a growing reputation as local food hub, with many customers coming through the doors every weekend.
- Plans are underway for the restoration of the Stovel Block, a heritage landmark on 97th Street and 103A Avenue.
- Adaptive reuse plans are underway for the historic (1909) Iron Works Building, 10415 96th Street.
- Plans are proceeding for a new playground project in the Boyle Street Plaza.
- Residential construction on the Muttart Lands, next to the Stadium LRT station, is moving ahead. The city has already developed two pocket parks and a road crossing the LRT rail line. The Stadium LRT station is being upgraded.
As well, the City has begun a project designed to replace aging collector and local roadway surfaces, as well as sidewalks and street lights. For details, search for Boyle Street and McCauley Neighbourhood Renewal at the City of Edmonton’s website.
Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.