The Quarters Hotel and Residences | 280m | 80s | Alldritt Land | Kennedy

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Daveography

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Proposed 80-storey tower would smash Western Canada height records
East downtown residents are getting word they could one day have a record-breaking neighbour.

Alldritt Land Corp. is pitching an 80-storey mixed residential tower that could end up as much as 29 metres taller than the Ice District’s 251-metre Stantec tower, still under construction, but billed as the tallest tower in Western Canada.
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Several things in favor -- the article intimates that Planning is supportive; it has perhaps the best river valley views of any tower; it has direct river valley access via the convention centre; it is key to a more rapid development of the Quarters; it has great access to the convention centre, to the civic arts precinct and to the Federal building; it has an extremely talented architect at the helm; it anchors the east end of Jasper Avenue -- Edmonton's long-battered main street; it also projects great views of Edmonton's downtown; a hotel is a natural at this location as well (true mixed use like the Marriott-condo edifice under construction in the ICE district); and on and on. This is probably the best mixed use site in all of Edmonton and I doubt Alldritt will let it go. I had considered buying a condo in the Symphony; this is a better choice and I would be one of the first people in line, design unseen.
 

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I'm probably going to go to the open house, I really want to see the unveiling of the design!
 

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"Whether we build up to 80 storeys or smaller, we don’t know yet.”
 

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A) Render?
B) What's the percent chance this really happens?
C) Thoughts on the existing site? Seems like some interesting masonry on some interesting soil. I'd hate for Edmonton to lose anything quasi-historic.
D) From the article: "Public open house notices went out this week and quickly spread on social media. 'Whatever they are smoking, I want some,' said one commenter on the Riverdale Facebook group."
 

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My best guesses @RyLucky
A: closely guarded secret partly to build anticipation, partly to not derail negotiations with E. Planning, and partly because it is still a work in progress
B: 95% -- it may not be 80 storeys, but with Brad Kennedy at the design helm it is definitely going to be something better than a tall box.
C: I don't think that there is anything here structure-wise that qualifies as "significantly historic"; this is, however, the best development site in all of Edmonton for mixed-use condo and hotel, bar none. There are 2 historic structure groupings immediately east of the site -- the Russian Orthodox church and the one-time RCMP grouping (barracks, etc.)
D: For every positive advancement in any city anywhere on earth, there are always detractors who like to speak out -- this particular individual should try to come up with a more original saying.
 

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