I do think that demolition permits SHOULD HAVE to be tied to building permits. You can't demo unless you already have your BP approved and starts construction within, say, 60 days of demo. But we cannot force a developer to purchase someone else's land to build, like sometimes is implied in some comments like "oh, but plot A or B is already empty, they have to build there instead of here"to be fair, there is someone who effectively has control over every single plot of land in the city even if they don’t own it all and that’s the city of edmonton.
the current state of regency’s lot post demolition of the bank of montreal building is a result of the city approving its demolition. just as they approved the demolition of the tegler block to build it. just as their decisions will ultimately result in the demolition of the horne and pitfield building.