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July 10, 2018

Edmonton City Council approves controversial Holyrood development

 

After three different designs were proposed for the redevelopment of a site in Holyrood, each of which were rejected by the City of Edmonton’s design committee, city councillors voted to approve the latest version of Regency Development’s vision for the east Edmonton site on Monday evening.

The Holyrood Gardens proposal to redevelop 8310 and 8311 on 93 Avenue into hundreds of residences housed in several buildings was first referred back to administration by council in November so planners could look at how to mitigate traffic backing up into the community, to reconsider the height and shape of the buildings and then to refer a revised proposal to the Edmonton Design Committee for review.

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Based on feedback from that session and the Edmonton Design Committee, more revisions were made that have resulted in the final version that is going to Public Hearing on Monday July 9, 2018 for a decision.

The most recent proposal saw Regency Development suggest:

  •  a maximum of 1,200 residential units in eight buildings that would be between four- and 25-storeys tall
  • a minimum of 10 per cent of the units being affordable housing units and at least 10 per cent of units being for families (two- or three-bedroom units with dens)
  • “select commercial uses in the base of the residential buildings” by the future Holyrood LRT station
  • a publicly accessible park and transit plaza
  • four walkways and two shared-use paths to link the future Holyrood LRT station with the rest of the community
  • the development’s buildings were narrowed to create more space between individual buildings

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