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Edmonton city council postpones discussion on 80-storey tower in The Quarters

Edmonton high-rise proposal faces regulatory hurdles
WATCH ABOVE: It's an ambitious proposal for an 80-storey building on Jasper Avenue. If built, it would become the tallest building in Edmonton. But as Shallima Maharaj reports, the proposed development still has to clear some regulatory hurdles.

Edmonton city council pushed back discussion on several proposed bylaws that could pave the way for what might become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital city.

A public hearing was scheduled Monday to discuss the proposed Quarters Hotel and Residences. However, the debate was postponed until Feb. 22.

The city decided to postpone debate after it received two letters from residents concerned about the consultation process and the community impact.

The hypothetical 280-metre high, 80-storey mixed-use tower, proposed by Alldritt Land Corp. and architect Brad Kennedy, is tentatively being called The Quarters Hotel and Residences. The thin skyscraper would be located on the south side of Jasper Avenue, east of the Shaw Conference Centre and west of 96 Street.

If approved, The Quarters Hotel and Residences could become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital.
If approved, The Quarters Hotel and Residences could become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital. CREDIT: Kennedy (architectural firm)

The proposed development would require council to make several zoning bylaw amendments to accommodate its ambitious height and the fact it would partially intrude on river valley land.

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Council will need to address six bylaws: one to allow for the development and five associated bylaws, including amendments to the Quarters Area Redevelopment Plan, North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan and the Capital City Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan.

If approved, The Quarters Hotel and Residences could become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital.
If approved, The Quarters Hotel and Residences could become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital. CREDIT: Kennedy (architectural firm)

The building’s architect said public access to the river valley would still be possible because plans include the development of a publicly accessible green space overlooking the river.

In order for the development to go ahead, two derelict apartment buildings on the land currently owned by Alldritt would need to be demolished.

If approved, The Quarters Hotel and Residences could become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital.
If approved, The Quarters Hotel and Residences could become the tallest building in Alberta’s capital. CREDIT: Kennedy (architectural firm)

Currently, the Epcor Tower is Edmonton’s tallest building at nearly 150 metres.

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 — With files from Phil Heidenreich, Global News

Graphic: Tonia Huynh, Global News
Graphic: Tonia Huynh, Global News