As reported on Yahoo News, a pair of Edmonton developers are hoping to breathe new life into a historic stretch of Jasper Avenue.
The Brighton Block and Pendennis Hotel are two of the last vestiges of Boyle Street as it looked in the early 20th century, with their red-pressed brick facades and billboards above the parapet.
Vacant for years after plans for a museum fell apart, LEDR and Primavera developments are almost ready to reopen the historic buildings as retail and office spaces at 97th Street.
“We’re hoping that the building will sort of reestablish its status as part of downtown’s main street. An active, vibrant contributor to what goes on here,” said Ken Cantor, president of Primavera.
Primavera bought the Brighton Block in October 2017 for $1.875 million, Cantor said. He hoped to salvage some of the original timber-framed concrete interior, but the building had deteriorated beyond repair.
“What wasn’t full of dry rot was full of mold,” Cantor said.
The building will grow to six storeys, with three storeys of floor-to-ceiling glass being built above, and setback from, the original three-storey facade.
“I’m hoping it’ll engender a renewed sense of pride in the city and in our history and in our environment,” Cantor said.
The main floor will be a retail space — likely a restaurant — with the other floors acting as office space, Cantor said. He expects the base building to be finished in September. Primavera will then work with tenants to work out the specifics of the interior.
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