Joining a number of building transformations now taking place in the Old Strathcona historical district, another modest retail building on Whyte Avenue could soon have a new lease on life.
The owners of 10762 82 Avenue presented to the Edmonton Design Committee on December 4, showing a conceptual three-storey extension of the existing building into the rear laneway, adding nearly 390 square metres (approximately 4,200 square-feet) of retail space to the property.
The presentation also showed the addition of a rooftop patio, as well as a reclad of the front of the building with brick, anodized aluminum, and new windows and doors.
At the presentation, the development team spoke about the importance of creating a sense of safety in the alleyway through activating it with retail entrances, a trend that is taking off in other laneways along Whyte Avenue.
Though the proposal is in early stages and will likely undergo some refinement before being approved, the update of a fairly nondescript 1960s building will no doubt bring some renewed commercial interest to the block and to the western end of the popular shopping street.