Blatchford Development Updates

It has been a busy year at the Blatchford Redevelopment! Construction at the Blatchford site continued throughout the spring and summer with major progress being made as crews installed the underground utilities that will service the first residential stage. Work on Airport Road to connect Blatchford to the existing utilities outside the site also took place, as well as installing the piping for the District Energy Sharing System.

Here’s a link to a timelapse video, showing work that was complete in 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knzrs9Yq3GQ. As well, a video of aerial footage, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY1Ok20hT-4.

As we continue construction on the Blatchford site, we have also started our builder selection process with the first stage, the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI). This is an introductory first step of a two step process to select builders for the first stage of residential construction on the west side of the site. The intent of the RFEOI is to provide builders a high level overview of the various aspects of the project. The RFEOI also provides an opportunity for builders to express their interest in specific parcels and to provide the Blatchford Redevelopment Office with information how their company’s corporate values and philosophy aligns with the vision for Blatchford.

The RFEOI process closed early December. All successful builders will be contacted in the New Year as we continue into the next phase, the Invitations for Offers to Purchase.
Looking forward to 2018, the Blatchford Redevelopment will see further progress for both the construction and the builder selection process. To stay up to date, visit our website, www.blatchfordedmonton.ca and sign up for our newsletter.

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Blatchford redefines community design

City Council has approved the first special area zones for the Blatchford community, making Blatchford one step closer to becoming one of the world’s largest sustainable communities.

“Building a community that functions and feels different than a typical neighbourhood requires examining every choice right from the beginning,” says Mark Hall, Executive Director, Blatchford Redevelopment. “At each step of the development process, including zoning, we are examining what we can do to create a community like no other in Canada.”

Some of the unique elements of the approved Blatchford zone include:

  • The building design in Blatchford will create an urban feel that contributes to a vibrant and unique street life. Ground floor residential units will have private entries facing directly onto the street to create a direct connection to the community.
  • Mixed-use buildings in residential areas will be zoned for small-scale retail only. Drive-throughs will not be permitted.
  • All residential and commercial parking will be located underground or at the rear of buildings. There will be no front driveways or garages.
  • Buildings will require double the amount of bicycle parking normally required.
  • Secondary and garage suites in the townhomes. In addition to increasing density in the community, the approved development of these suites in townhomes will help support Blatchford’s affordable housing goals.
  • Solar panels, rooftop decks and gardens.
  • Community gardens and greenhouses located in park spaces.

Construction of the first stage of development on the west side of the site is scheduled to begin later this year.

Council’s vision for Blatchford is to create a community with family-oriented housing, urban agriculture, enhanced urban design, improved affordability, and additional green space.


For more information visit:

blatchfordedmonton.ca

Media contact:

Cheryl Mitchell
Communications Advisor
City of Edmonton
780-944-0511