A full year since our last update, and it would appear that we are now a good step closer to seeing some action on the future build site of the long-awaited Southpark on Whyte. Set to be built in stages, the four structure development will be spread across four lots along 106 St NW between Whyte Ave and 81 Ave NW.
Billed as a modern, urban replacement for the former Southpark Motors that vacated the premises a decade ago, ONE Properties' vision for Southpark on Whyte will be highly transformative. Having gained approval from City Hall two years ago, and having submitted to a comprehensive ground remediation process last year, it would appear with the arrival of excavators on-site that it will not be long before shovels go to ground.
Following what seems to have been a brief redesign, and even briefer recanting of said redesign, renderings of the project show it to be a thoroughly modern - if relatively typical - mega development. Complete with generic glass towers plonked upon brick- and glass-faced storefronts and cafes, facing either inwards into the development or outwards onto the street, the current design scheme should nonetheless serve the area well.
A fine replacement for what came before, and certainly an appropriate land form for the busy 82 Ave NW corridor between Garneau and Strathcona, Southpark on Whyte will help further enliven the area. The injection of hundreds of new residents and the generous collection of new retail and restaurants will more than likely make up for any qualms over design - especially if the current scheme holds true.
SkyriseEdmonton will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.