June 21, 2018 9:57 pm
Updated: June 27, 2018 9:37 am

Proposed high-rise development would change downtown Edmonton skyline

A rendering of the proposed Langham Towers in downtown Edmonton.

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Downtown Edmonton could experience more development if two high-rise apartment buildings get the go-ahead.

The proposed Langham Towers would be 49 and 64 storeys each, and are planned for construction on 104 Street and 100 Avenue. The two buildings would contain as many as 700 units.

The buildings would be comprised of a podium, tower and tower top.

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The podium would have retail space which would contribute “to a visually interesting streetscape.”

“Anytime you have hundreds of people coming into the downtown, it immediately activates what you would call ‘street level retail’ and that gives a buoyancy and an excitement. We’re already seeing north of Jasper [Avenue] and this will extend it south,” Kennedy Architecture principal Brady Kennedy said.

Langham Developments has been involved in several projects in Edmonton, including the Fox Towers condominiums at 104 Street and 102 Avenue, which were completed last year.

 

On June 12, there was a public presentation at the Edmonton Design Committee for the project.

The Downtown Edmonton Community League held a public meeting June 26 at First Presbyterian Church.

“It is a significant amount of density, about 700 units, which would calculate to roughly 1,000 people,” City of Edmonton senior planner Travis Pawlyk said. “So an additional 1,000 would add to that ability to support more businesses downtown and just more of that vibrancy downtown that everyone’s looking for.”

The land where the towers are to be constructed will go to city council for rezoning in the fall.

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