Proposed Church Street Heritage Area
Open House update
An open house was held on April 3, 2013, to bring back a summary of recommendations that were developed in partnership with the community and stakeholders.
The long and short term recommendations deal with physical, programming and operational matters, which if implemented could help revitalize and enhance the streets, primarily focused around the churches.
The open house was held to ensure that nothing was missed and also to get a sense of which recommendations were felt to be a priority, given limited funds.
A report will be taken to Executive Committee on April 29, 2013, and a full report for Church Street visions and how to implement the recommendations will be developed in the next couple of months.
The presentation panels outlined the special character of the Church Street area and suggested programs and improvements:
Extensive consultation has been carried out to determine how stakeholders felt Church Street could benefit, if resources were available, to ensure it became a destination.
About Church Street
The 96 Street area, commonly referred to as Church Street, is a distinct urban corridor in Edmonton.
The area is recognized as something special and is identified as such in the local Boyle McCauley Plan. A recent Heritage Study of the McCauley/Alberta Avenue area further identified Church Street as one worthy of some form of heritage recognition. Subsequent interest by the Mayor and Council has initiated a process to look at options to revitalize and promote the street.
Church Street is unique in that it contains a significant collection of religious buildings within a 5 block strip, as well as other religious facilities in the surrounding vicinity. The churches represent a broad range of denominations and architectural styles from different periods.
There are also residential properties and some small commercial units in-between, which also contribute to the street’s character.
The City is exploring options, which may cover a variety of initiatives or incentives, that may help revitalize and protect the street. As part of this process, the City is looking for feedback on what the community and stakeholders want or envision the street to be in the future and how it can be enhanced and protected.
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