While construction of the Stantec Tower will keep Edmonton's skyscraper geeks occupied for the next couple of years, they could soon have another record breaker to fawn over. On an underutilized site steps away from the newly built Quarters Hotel, several abandoned buildings may be replaced by an 80-storey mixed residential tower, according to preliminary plans by Alldritt Land Corp. With that many floors, the building could rise to a staggering 280 metres, surpassing Stantec Tower's roof by 29 metres to become the new tallest building in Western Canada.
KENNEDY has been appointed as the architect of the project, which will likely employ transparent first and second floors to maintain views of the river valley. A public park connecting the valley to the nearby Shaw Conference Centre is also planned. A ground-level cafe and restaurant would help animate the hillscape, while the tower itself would extend Jasper Avenue's density eastward. The tower would mostly contain residences, with a possible hotel component forming part of the development. The height of the building would allow Alldritt to accommodate upwards of 550 units on the site.
A public open house will be held on October 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the adjacent Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Barbara, where the design will be unveiled and feedback can be provided. City staff will also be in attendance to hear any concerns from the community.
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