The low-income units are to be built on a vacant lot next to Keheewin School, along 19 Avenue near 105 Street, but the project had faced stiff opposition from some area residents, arguing the project was too large and too close to the school.
The land was originally slated for a junior high, but became a surplus school site in 2009. It’s one of several surplus school sites that have been redeveloped into housing, or proposed for such a purpose.
Mayor Don Iveson spoke about the concerns expressed by some residents ahead of the vote.
“The test for us is not the consent of the neighbourhood… the unanimous consent of the neighbourhood,” he said. “The test is also not the absence of impact.
“Really, the test is the reasonableness of the proposals and their consistency with policy and their mitigations to impacts.”
Some opponents of Capital Region Housing’s proposal for a mix of low-rise apartment housing and row housing argued having up to 135 residential units built at the site was excessive.
Iveson said residents’ concerns had been listened to throughout various stages of the debate, including on Wednesday.
Iveson said he believes the project to be “in the civic and public interest.”
No construction date has been set.
Watch below: (From Jan. 21, 2020) Edmonton city councillors heard concerns from Keheewin residents about the proposed complex. Sarah Komadina has more from city hall.