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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 Calder focused on improvements to the City owned land along 129 Avenue, between 119 Street and 120 Street.

The streetscaping infrastructure enhancements are intended to provide small and functional elements that contribute to area beautification and connectivity to the local community with year-round appeal.

Project Timeline

September – December 2018: Design Development and Contract Award

June – September 2018: Preliminary Design

January – May 2018: Concept Development

Public Engagement

Strategy Phase

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

  • Improved pedestrian safety
  • Increased lighting
  • Integration of seating
  • Integration of decorative features
  • Coordinate enhancement of existing bus shelter

Concept Phase

A Public Engagement Session was held on May 1, 2018 at the Calder Community Hall. Participants were invited to engage in design review through a survey and conversation. The intent was to gain stakeholder perspective, insight and preferences to help refine the plans for streetscape enhancement.

If you are interested to see what was presented, please see the display boards package.

Please review the What We Heard - May 2018 report for a summary of the feedback received.

Design Phase

As identified at the Concept Engagement Session, engagement for Preliminary Design was conducted via survey made available on the Corner Store project website. The survey was open from August 20-31, 2018. We did not receive any responses to the survey. Feedback provided outside of the survey was considered to inform design development. No additional engagement will occur for project design.

Preliminary Design - Site Development

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


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

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