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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 Elmwood, focused on improvements to the City owned land along the south side of 83 Avenue and the East side of 167 Street, adjacent to the Elmwood Commercial Centre.

This project will develop and deliver streetscape enhancements in the public realm (City owned) area. The streetscaping infrastructure enhancements are intended to provide small and functional elements that contribute to area beautification and connectivity to the local community.

Project Timeline

Concept Development: January - May 2018
Preliminary Design: June - August 2018

Project Lifecycle Design

Public Engagement

Strategy Phase

Engagement was conducted through a survey. This helped to define priorities for enhancements, including:

  • Enhanced landscaping; including hardscaping (such as paving stones) and trees/shrubs
  • Increased lighting
  • Integration of seating (such as benches)
  • Addition of bike racks
  • Integration of decorative features
  • Bus stop enhancement, with interest in addition of bus stop shelter

Concept Phase

A Public Engagement Event was held on May 3, 2018 at the Elmwood 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

Engagement is anticipated for late July/early August 2018. The Preliminary Design will be made available on this project webpage. A link to a survey will be provided to capture feedback. This will be the final opportunity for public to advise the project. Information on the project status will continue to be shared via this webpage through the duration of the project.

Concept Plan

The Concept Plan (9.75MB) was updated following assessment of the public feedback as well as an internal review.

The Concept Plan becomes the basis for design and will be adapted based on cost estimates, technical review and input from public engagement.

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

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10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4


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Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311


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