A rezoning request is currently in the pipeline for the latest development from Beljan Development; The Hive is a 22-storey, 250-unit residential building proposed for the end of 108A Street north of 86 Avenue.

Rendering of The Hive, image via City of Edmonton

Tucked in behind the 68-metre Strathcona House on Saskatchewan Drive, and otherwise surrounded by rowhouses, townhouses, and some low-rise retail shops on 109 Street, the Hodgson Schilf Evans Architects-designed tower is proposed to rise to a maximum height of 76 metres in a fairly unusual - and likely controversial - context.

The site is currently used for surface parking, as well as a nondescript 1920s house.

View of the site from July 2014, image via Google Street View

Images and elevation drawings submitted to the City of Edmonton's planning department show a fairly unique L-shaped tower design with sawtooth articulation along all sides. The facade appears to be mostly comprised of cementitious architectural cladding in a striking pixelated duo-tone white and dark grey pattern, combined with straight dark grey cladding, while stripes of white cladding split the two patterns.

Elevation drawing, image via City of Edmonton

Six townhouse units appear to line 108A Street, and the tower's main entrance is located at the north end, off of the laneway, while some commercial uses are proposed to be included in the second level.

21 surface-level parking stalls surround the building's west and south sides, which include 15 paid stalls that can be used by the public visiting The Garneau area. Just 70 underground stalls will be built for use by the building residents.

Site plan, image via City of Edmonton

A representative for Beljan Development has stated the company is currently adjusting the design based on area stakeholder feedback, and that the company is aiming to go to public hearing in May or June this year.

SkyriseEdmonton will continue to follow this project as it progresses. What do you think of The Hive? Leave a comment below, or join the conversation in our Forum. More images and information can also be found in the project Database entry linked below.