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

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Whatever the design turns out to be will likely be tall. I suspect it's a case of floating a concept with really tall heights and check the reaction. There have been 3 or 4 proposals in Calgary over the last 10 years that had buildings around 75 and 80 floors via conceptual design. They were basically gauging reaction to a project of that scale.
 

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There are several considerations for supporting a "super tall" structure on this site @Surrealplaces: 1. poor foundation soil and undetermined locations of mine shafts (from the "coal is king" days), requiring very deep footings no matter the structure above grade. The added expense of substantial footings makes the need for better economics above ground all the more salient. 2. the northward shadow cast of a super tall structure affects very little in the way of existing neighbourhood amenities in the Quarters, since that precinct remains largely undeveloped. The new Hyatt hotel would surely welcome this development, increasing its own viability (hospitality loves company) 3. the City is bound to be supportive of densification here because it matches its outlook for this portion of the Quarters and it increases the viability of the refurbished historic buildings across Jasper Avenue from the site and puts the Russian Orthodox Church and the RCMP complex in line for historic "repurposing". 4. This will encourage more development on the east end of Jasper Avenue, strengthening the viability of Edmonton's "main street". 5. There is no more valuable development site in all of Edmonton for a convergence of "views", "river valley access", "proximity to Edmonton's cherished arts precinct", and "proximity to the Convention Centre". 6. There is a huge P.R. plus for Alldritt in terms of viability and visibility. 7. Brad Kennedy is perhaps Edmonton's premiere architect at this point in time and this is bound, therefore, to be a bold vision -- Edmonton needs a super tall iconic structure to anchor its photogenic presence among world-class cities; while the Stantec tower is tall, it is hardly what one would call "iconic". 8. Edmonton has a strong shortage of class A hotel rooms and there is a new global trend combining hotels (and the amenities offered therein) with condominiums (a la Marriott in the ICE district). The more full and varied the lifestyle experience, the greater the demand for downtown living accommodation.

This particular site is huge and so I can envision an number of conjoined uses that make grand use of the river views -- terraces, restaurants, sculpted landscape. All said, I believe that Alldritt will go for the "tallest" title and that they will do it in a very grand way. They have an impeccable image as a quality home builder and this would be a natural business expansion direction for them. They also have enough "juice" to attract a first class hotelier (maybe even a Four Seasons, the creme de la creme).
 

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Proposed rezoning of properties in Boyle Street, Downtown and Riverdale
October 11, 2016

Residents are invited to a public open house about a proposed rezoning. The proposed site is located south of Jasper Avenue and west of 96 Street at 9565 Grierson Hill, 9601, 9625 and 9645 Jasper Avenue, 10110-96 Street and 9608-101 Avenue.

Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Barbara
10105 - 96 Street
The open house will discuss a proposed 280 metre (approximately 80 storeys) mixed-use tower that would include up to 550 residential units, underground parking and two privately-owned publicly accessible parks.To facilitate the proposed development, an amendment to the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) to remove a portion of the site from the ARP is required. Other required amendments include:
  • The Quarters Downtown ARP;
  • Capital City Downtown ARP;
  • Edmonton Zoning Bylaw:
    • Section 811 North Saskatchewan River Valley and Ravine System Protection Overlay
    • Section 860 Quarters Downtown Overlay
    • Section 910 Special Area Downtown
  • Rezoning from (A) Metropolitan Recreation, (AP) Public Parks, (CCA) Core Commercial Arts, (DC1) Direct Development Control Provision to (DC2) Site Specific Control Provision and (DC1) Direct Development Control Provision; and
  • Closure of a portion of 101 Avenue and Grierson Hill.


For more information:
edmonton.ca/PublicInvolvementCalendar

Media contact:
Lisa Sobchyshyn
Communications Advisor
Development Services, Sustainable Development
780-442-7192

http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=849810&q=1097335846&qz=89855f
 

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DavidEwasukCTV ‏@DavidEwasukCTV 4m4 minutes ago
At 6, first look at 80 storey tower proposal "The Quarters Hotel & Residences." #yeg #yegdt
 

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Now we're talking! A very iconic project for Edmonton -- one that will actually identify the City!
 

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