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Edmonton council looking at changes to city centre redevelopment

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EDMONTON – The new Blatchford neighbourhood development is being marketed as one of the most environmentally sustainable neighbourhoods in the world, but it won’t be cheap and that’s causing concern over the viability of certain aspects.

On Thursday, city council will discuss whether or not to move forward with a recreational lake in the development, after hearing from city staff that it would be expensive and out of line with the vision of the area.

READ MORE: Redevelopment moving forward at Edmonton’s former City Centre Airport

The initial plan for Blatchford, which will be developed on Edmonton’s former City Centre Airport land, included two storm-water ponds and a recreational lake.

The neighbourhood will also feature community gardens, energy-efficient green buildings and custom designed streets for walking and cycling. It will be home to 30,000 people.

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