http://edmontonjournal.com/business...hound-station-to-make-way-for-50-storey-towerFormer Edmonton Greyhound station to make way for 50-storey tower
The sprawling construction zone south of Rogers Place is set to grow, as crews prepare to demolish the former Greyhound bus depot.
Another tower will rise in its place, on the western edge of the sports and entertainment corridor, said Bob Black, executive vice-president of the Edmonton Arena Corp., who recently released new details about Ice District, a joint venture of the Katz Group and WAM Development Group.
Greyhound moved its operations to a new bus depot at the Via Rail station near the former City Centre Airport. Although not complete, it welcomed its first passengers last Sunday.
Greyhound’s lease on the building expired at the end of May.
“Ice District will be at the Greyhound site,” Black said. “We (took) possession of that building at the end of the month. We will immediately begin demolition activities.”
Other parts of Ice District are at various stages of construction, including a nearly completed Edmonton Tower to house offices for city workers, a combination JW Marriott hotel and luxury condo tower, and the Stantec Tower office and residential building, touted to be among the tallest in Western Canada at 60-plus floors.
The development at the former Greyhound site will sit on the western border of the Ice District public plaza, just south of the arena. Fans attending Rogers Place will be able to see it from south-facing windows in the arena’s concourses.
“There will be a tower of more than 50 storeys and there will be a podium-level development that will be part of that overall creation of the neighbourhood within Ice District,” Black said.
“The level of development there will be typical of the level of development throughout Ice District. It will be dense.”
He didn’t specify what the tower’s use will be, but WAM president and CEO Darren Durstling has previously said a residential highrise is planned for the site.
The podium, scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, will include a high-end grocery store, a Cineplex theatre complex and other retail stores and sports-bar restaurants. The residential tower is expected to open a few months later.
Development of the former Greyhound site will also add parking to Ice District, Black said. “Underneath that building will be the extension of the underground parkade, which is currently underneath the block where the JW Marriott and the Stantec Tower will be.”