As reported on CBC News, city officials and developers broke ground on the Muttart Urban District on Monday, a new residential development near the Stadium LRT Station.
The long-awaited transit-oriented development will link the new residential and commercial spaces to Commonwealth Stadium on the north side of the LRT tracks.
The city has faced problems in the past trying to create high-density communities with links to transit at Century Park and the Blatchford neighbourhood development.
Coun. Tony Caterina said the new development, named for the Muttart Lumber Yards that once occupied the site, will be a “milestone” in the city’s goal to convince more people to ride transit.
“Today is a milestone and it coincides with everything else that we’re doing in the city and in this particular area with the rejuvenation of the Stadium station, which is long overdue,” Caterina said.
Russel Dauk, vice-president of land and commercial for Rohit Land Development, said Muttart is the largest infill project the company has been involved with.
The first phase will include 243 rental apartments and 2,500 square feet of commercial space. The development will include shared spaces, including an outdoor courtyard, a study room, a soundproof music room and a fitness centre.
The cost for all three phases of the project, including 720 residential units and 7,500 square feet of commercial, will be more than $150 million, said Dauk.
The first residents are expected to move into the six-storey apartment building by the fall of 2020.
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