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Timeline

2014

Construction will begin on the infrastructure for this redevelopment in late 2013 or in 2014.

2013

Detailed engineering designs for the infrastructure will be prepared for phase I of the development.

2012

November

Targeted completion of the Perkins + Will contract with the deliverables being:

  • a completed Master Plan in the form of an Area Redevelopment Plan, including all technical reports associated with it;
  • the communication of the proposed phasing for the development;
  • the zoning for the properties in Phase I
  • a book on the blueprint of the process of this redevelopment, which will benefit future developments. 

February

Second round of public consultation workshops are scheduled for February 13, 15 and 16.

2011


October

Public consultation workshops on the City Centre land redevelopment begin. 

August

City signs formal contract with Perkins + Will for developing a master plan for City Centre redevelopment. 

June

City of Edmonton announces that Perkins + Will, from Vancouver, BC, is the choice to develop a master plan for City Centre redevelopment. 

February

City unveils the five conceptual designs for the master plan for the City Centre Redevelopment project. The public has opportunities online and in person to view and comment on the conceptual designs.

2010


September

The City Clerk rules that the Envision Edmonton petition did not meet the Province of Alberta legislated requirements to compel City Council to put its question to Edmonton voters on the fall civic election vote.

August 

5 design firms: Sweco International AB, Stockholm, Sweden; Perkins + Will, Vancouver, Canada; KCAP Architects & Planners from Rotterdam, Netherlands; BNIM, from Kansas City, USA; and Foster & Partners, from London, UK shortlisted from the 33 RFQ submissions to compete for the chance to deliver the winning plan to redevelop the 217-hectare site into a sustainable, transit-oriented community.

June

The Envision Edmonton lobby group announces it will collect signatures on a petition to include a plebiscite on the City Centre Airport closure on the October 2010 civic ballot.

May

The City opens the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for design firms to create a master plan to redevelop the Edmonton City Centre Airport lands into an environmentally sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-use development for approximately 30,000 residents. The seven principles, endorsed by City Council in spring of 2010, include: planning & design, ecological footprint, infrastructure, family housing, green space amenities, technology and history.

2009


July

City Council votes to implement a phased closure of the City Centre Airport.  A final closure date requires the Medevac issue to be appropriately resolved; the City to work with Edmonton Regional Airports Authority and Navigation Canada and a future City Council must vote on the final closure date. 

June 2008-July 2009


A detailed review was undertaken addressing: historical importance, economic impact, market feasibility, medevac services, and public consultation.

Public consultation included:

  • 2 days of public hearings in September 2008,
  • 3 days of public hearings in June 2009,
  • 5 months of public consultation with hundreds of Edmontonians, based on a consultation plan created by an advisory council of people from all sides of the issue,
  • a full report on the public consultation, which presented two main options (everyone from all sides of the issue said status quo was not an option), and
  • 18 months of input to councillors through letters, email, meetings, and phone calls. 
     

2008


September

Edmonton City Council holds non-statutory public hearings on City Centre Airport.

June

Council report notes: “The airport lands redeveloped into a new urban residential and commercial community represent a significant economic and social opportunity for our growing City.” Council votes to have non-statutory public hearing in September.

1995


Citizens of Edmonton voted in a referendum to consolidate passenger air service at the International Airport.

1963


In 1963, after much debate, Edmonton International Airport opened 30 kilometres south of the city and became the hub for most major airlines flying in and out of Alberta.

1929


Edmonton City Centre Airport (ECCA) began its life in 1929 as Blatchford Field, making it the first licensed airstrip in Canada. The airport has enjoyed a long history complete with aviation pioneers and serving as a flying and observer school as part of the wartime British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

For more information:

Mark Hall

Title Executive Director, Blatchford Redevelopment
Telephone 780-496-6269