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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.

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.

Stakeholder engagement at the strategy phase in the Elmwood area identified priority enhancements, including:

  • enhanced landscaping; including hardscaping (i.e. paving stones) and trees/shrubs
  • increased lighting
  • integration of seating (i.e. benches)
  • addition of bike racks
  • integration of decorative features
  • bus stop enhancement, with interest in addition of bus stop shelter

What We Heard - June 2017

Project Timeline

Concept Development: January - March 2018
Preliminary Design: April - May 2018

Project Lifecycle Concept

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


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Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311


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