A new mixed-use development in Glenora has finally begun construction, after years of delays and ownership changes put its fate up in the air. The official ground breaking for the highly anticipated West Block development took place on Wednesday, with a "block party" to be held on Saturday, May 13 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the presentation centre at Stony Plain Road and 143 Street.

A rendering of 100 West Block, image via GEC Architecture

The masterplan calls for three residential towers occupying the corners of the property, with stacked townhomes located in the middle of the site. The first tower, called 100 West Block, will contain 16 floors, office space on the second level, and retail at grade. A cafe and restaurant-lined public square will separate the building from 300 West Block, a three-storey commercial structure. A future residential tower between 20 and 24 storeys is slated for Stony Plain Road and 140 Street, while another 10- to 12-storey would climb at 142 Street and 103 Avenue. An existing array of single family homes centralized at 103 Avenue and 140 Street will remain untouched.

Mayor Don Iveson speaks at the site, image via InHouse

"West Block will transform this famous corner of Glenora," said Ryan Smith, Principal with InHouse by Beaverbrook. "The comprehensive project plans for townhomes and three towers that offer residential, retail and office space in synergy with one another. A south-facing urban square lined with coffee shops, restaurants and patios will integrate seamlessly with Edmonton's future west LRT line platform. It's a lifestyle of convenience and urban living that’s in a great location — just close enough to the City's core but a place that still imparts that sense of community."

West Block site plan, image via GEC Architecture

Approximately 50 percent of the 60 residences inside 100 West Block have been sold, many of which are between 1,600 and 2,000 square feet in size. All suites come with large kitchen islands, stainless steel Bosch appliances, wide-plank engineered hardwood, and functional living and dining rooms. Triple pane floor-to-ceiling windows optimize views and natural light penetration, while outdoor terraces large enough to fit furniture and a barbecue bring the living experience outdoors. Resident amenities include a rooftop deck, catering kitchen, fitness area, dog run, and guest suite.

West Block will feature a range of uses, image via GEC Architecture

Financial and legal troubles strained the project under the previous owner Glenora Skyline Development Corporation, who would eventually transfer the site to Beaverbrook Developments. The company's infill housing division, InHouse, secured rezoning for the development in March 2016. The first phase of the GEC Architecture-designed project is scheduled for completion by late 2018 or early 2019.

A night rendering of the first phase, image via GEC Architecture

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