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Drop-In Event - August 2018

The City hosted a drop-in event on August 9 to allow residents and stakeholders to help us make adjustments to the concept plans for the Belvedere Corner Store Streetscape Enhancement Project. Paticipants were able to engage in review of the proposed concept designs, speak to the project team and complete a survey to provide their feedback. The City is interested in residents' perspective, insight and preferences to help refine the plans for streetscape enhancement. All feedback gathered will inform the finalized concept and bring this project into the next phase, Design.

Meeting Materials:

Display Boards

Concept Plan

About the Project

The goal of this project is to improve the function and aesthetic of the commercial centre and encourage community access and use. The approach associated with this project is to make the public space surrounding the commercial space more inviting - by increasing the perception of safety, connect the business and community with amenable, attractive infrastructure and pedestrian-oriented landscaping.

This project is specific to the public realm enhancements in Belvedere focused on improvements to the City owned land along the north side of 132 Avenue, east of 66 Street.

The intent of this project is to develop and deliver streetscape infrastructure enhancements to provide small and functional elements that contribute to area beautification and connectivity to the local community.

Project Lifecycle Concept

Project Timeline

Concept Development: June - August 2018

Preliminary Design: September - October/November 2018

Public Engagement

Strategy Phase
Engagement was conducted through a survey and a ‘conversation cafe’. This helped to define priorities for enhancements, including:

  • Explore options for pedestrian lighting
  • Integrate landscaping to refresh the area
  • Increase perceived safety, especially at night
  • Review parking lot access and pedestrian crossing
  • Consider addition of benches/seating

What We Heard

Concept Phase
Concept Phase moves the project from Strategy and is the early representation of how the project may take shape considering stakeholder inputs, site constraints, and project resources. Concept plans will be presented at a public engagement event to create an opportunity for dialog and capture participants perspectives to assist in refining the direction for project design.

Design Phase
Preliminary design will mark the first milestone in the Design phase and will be informed by the concept plan. When complete, the Preliminary Design will be made available on this project webpage. A link to an online survey will be provided to gather feedback. This will be the final opportunity for public to advise on the project. Information and updates will be shared via this webpage through the project duration.

About the Corner Store Program

The Corner Store Program was identified as a way to focus specific reinvestment into local neighbourhood commercial areas. Upgrading streetscaping and building facades along with working directly with the local business, community members and property owners to address specific business needs could act as a catalyst to spur business revival and increase potential for sustained local economic development.

The Corner Store Pilot began in 2015 with a vision to enhance the commercial centres in selected neighbourhoods. Key elements of the program include:

  • Retail market analysis
  • Commercial centre physical improvements
  • Public realm enhancements
  • Strategic planning and marketing assistance
  • Business support

The outcomes expected from a successful program include strengthening the business commercial viability of the area, connecting commercial small business services to community needs, improved opportunities for walkability to local amenities and contributing to the overall economic development of the area.

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

14th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Telephone

In Edmonton:  311
Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311

Email 311@edmonton.ca

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