Have your say in major McCauley development at September online forum
The Edmonton Community Development Company is making plans to develop a parcel of land at 106 Avenue and 95 Street, with the goal to choose a development concept that will answer the needs of the community.
This is where you come in.
The CDC invites residents and business owners in McCauley and surrounding neighbourhoods to weigh in on the best development solution for this land via two virtual engagement sessions held via Zoom on September 22 and 24.
“Our motto at the Edmonton CDC is ‘People First Engagement,‘” explained Mark Holmgren, Executive Director of the CDC. “Our decisions for this project moving forward will therefore hinge on the preferences of people in the neighbourhood.”
At the one-hour online engagement sessions, Edmontonians will learn more about the project’s progress to date and take part in a discussion about which of three development options will best benefit the community.
The sessions will be led by Karen Gingras, Director of Neighbourhood Development for Edmonton CDC, who has been part of the project since 2018.
“In our first year of operating in 2017, the City committed the lands on 95 St and 106 Ave, and other lands to the CDC to allow us to hit the ground running,” explained Karen.
Rather than try to create development plans on their own, the Edmonton CDC decided to form the McCauley Concept Design Team, comprising people who live and/or work in McCauley.
Over the course of eight months, the team explored various ideas, and considered the planned development in nearby neighbourhoods such as the Stadium Station Area Redevelopment Plan; The Quarters Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan; and The Boyle Street McCauley Area Redevelopment Plan.
“We worked extensively with the Concept Design Team, who identified three strong development options,” said Karen. “Now we want to open the conversation to a larger audience to help us confirm the best fit for the neighbourhood.”
Development options for the site include a makers’ space, a food emporium, and a hardware store.
“The option we move forward with could add walkability, vitality, and brand equity to the 95 street commercial district,” said Mark, “so we hope to hear as many perspectives as possible at our virtual forums so we can be confident our decisions reflect the best interests of the neighbourhood.”
To learn more about the project and to register for the online engagement sessions, please visit www.edmontoncdc.org/paskin
Article submitted by the Edmonton Economic Development Company.