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Repurposing / Upgrading Older Buildings

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City offers grants to help fill housing gap​

November 9, 2020


The City is helping create safe, suitable and long term housing options for all Edmontonians by offering grants to developers for affordable and supportive housing.

“This pandemic has amplified deep inequalities that we must strive to address, including the issue of homelessness exasperated by the city's shortage of affordable and supportive housing,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “By encouraging the development of affordable and supportive housing this grant program brings us closer to our goal of ending homelessness in Edmonton by providing the safety, stability and opportunity that only housing can provide and that all Edmontonians deserve.“

The second round of the Affordable Housing Investment Program will offer grants for new construction projects as well as the refurbishment of existing housing units. The grants will cover up to 25 per cent of capital construction costs and are available to eligible nonprofit and private sector organizations. Applications are due by February 18, 2021.

“COVID-19 has shown how quickly and unexpectedly health and employment status can change. Stable, affordable housing helps prevent housing insecurity and homelessness, particularly in times of uncertainty,” said Christel Kjenner, the City’s Director of Affordable Housing and Homelessness. “The City is committed to working with housing providers to fill the affordable and supportive housing gap.”

The $133 million Affordable Housing Investment Plan was approved in 2018 with the goal of creating 2,500 new units by 2022 through grants, surplus school site redevelopment and supportive housing development. The City surpassed the halfway mark in fall 2020, with support approved for 1,307 new units.​
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Anyone know how EPSB handles old school buildings? Sherwood school is closing in my neighbourhood as a new elementary is opening on 167st/95ave that a few older schools are being combined into.

As you can see, the school is next to a nice park and community league space. We are also bordered by the future LRT on Stony to the north and on 156th street. 95 ave will also be the main E/W road once Wlrt is finished and 153st and 97ave (which border property) are both the designated bike routes for the area. Our community really doesn't want the building to just sit empty, but we don't know how projects like this are managed.

To me, this seems like a great potential spot for something like Ritchie Market. Lots of infill happening, good money (especially crestwood/parkview on the other side of 149st) and a need for some more good coffee/restaurants and small businesses in this area. Any ideas on if this pipe dream would ever be possible?

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The Province needs to choose to dispose of the asset or at the very least list it as 'surplus', the building/the land returns to the City for use and then it would need to be rezoned/remediated (with Provincial assistance) and demolished or repurposed.

Complex and sometimes involving MOUs or JUAs (https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_communities/joint-use-agreement.aspx)
The Edmonton Public School Board in this case would have the authority to declare the school building and park site as surplus to their needs. If that happened and the CIty took ownership, they would have the option to declare it 'surplus', rezone / subdivide the land and list it for sale on the market.
 

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