Following three years of planning and two controversial public hearings at City Council, Westrich Pacific's The View has broken ground, with the site cleared and shoring now underway.

Shoring underway at The View, photo by Dave Sutherland

Two longstanding homes on the property - located on 111 Street midway between 99 and 100 Streets - have been demolished as of August 24 to make way for the 76-metre, 24-storey condominium tower designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects.

The View site on August 15 before site prep, photo by Dave Sutherland

Wedged between a four-storey apartment building and a parkade structure, the narrow tower was originally proposed to rise to a height of 90 metres and 30 stories. When that proposal was rejected by City Council in June of 2017, Westrich returned the following year with a shorter but slightly wider proposal, having purchased the adjacent laneway for added buildable area.

The View site on September 4, photo by Dave Sutherland

The revised design was still contentious, however; the city planners working on the file still could not support the rezoning due to the floor-area ratio (FAR) of 15 being considered an over-development of a mid-block site. After a spirited public hearing debate, however, Council voted 10-3 in favour of rezoning for the project, citing its proximity to Grandin LRT station and qualifying it as a Transit-Oriented Development.

Rendering of The View, image via Westrich Pacific

Once complete, the project will bring 178 new residential units to the Oliver neighbourhood. Residents will enjoy amenities including a fitness centre, a rooftop lounge and sundeck, and a private car share service. The building will also include ample bicycle parking, taking advantage of nearby cycletracks and multi-use trails.

Rendering of The View, image via Westrich Pacific

SkyriseEdmonton will be sure to follow the construction of this project as it progresses. More images and details can be found in our project database. What do you think of The View? Leave a comment below, or join the conversation in our discussion forum.