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The vacant school building site at 300 Bulyea Road has been approved by City Council for development into townhomes under the City’s First Place Program.  

The new townhomes will only be developed on the 1.64 ha of land that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining 8.60 ha of open space surrounding the housing development will be retained by the City and continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original neighbourhood structure plan.

 

What's Being Built?

Many Edmontonians dream of owning their own home but don’t have the financial resources to make it happen. Young professionals, single parents and residents in middle income brackets can find it particularly tough to break into Edmonton’s housing market, which is one of the most expensive in Canada.

The City’s First Place Program teams with banks and builders to develop vacant surplus school building sites into attractive townhomes.  The homes are market priced, with a five-year deferral on the land portion of the mortgage, making them more accessible to first time buyers.

A public design engagement process involving select community volunteers helps to shape development in each neighbourhood. This forms the basis for the development permit approval process that follows.

Construction & New Home Sales

The builder is in the process of applying for a development permit application based on the final design plans agreed upon by the design engagement committee. Construction and new home sales for the Bulyea Heights First Place townhomes is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.  

For detailed updates on the status of the development process, including safety guidelines, site servicing, construction and new home sales, please visit the Rohit Communities Bulyea Heights First Place website.

All new home buyers will be required to be Homeowner Association members.  

Townhome Site Location

In 2006, two vacant school building sites in the Bulyea Heights school park site were declared surplus by local school boards and approved by City Council for development into housing. One site was designated for seniors housing, while the other was designated for townhomes under the City’s First Place program.

On April 18, 2016, City Council approved the relocation and consolidation of both surplus school sites (item 3.16) into a single First Place housing site at 300 Bulyea Road. When the sites were consolidated, the opportunity for seniors housing was removed to allow for the size of the First Place place Program building site to be expanded.

The decision to relocate and consolidate the site was supported by the majority of residents who participated in the public engagement efforts that preceded the changes. Throughout the engagement process that preceded these changes, the City benefited from the involvement of both the Brookview Community League and Homeowners Association. The successful conclusion of the consolidation engagement process would not have been possible without their efforts and support.

Design Engagement

While the decision to build townhomes has already been approved by Council, ten community members were selected through an open application process to work with the builder to help design the new homes and ensure they are a good fit with the surrounding neighbourhood.  This included providing input on design elements, such as building orientation, number of homes, massing and rooflines, site access, vistas, and exterior home design details and landscaping.

The design engagement process started in December 2016 and is now complete.  The builder is in the process of applying for a development permit application based on the final design plans agreed upon by the design engagement committee.

Project Integration Meeting #5 - April 27, 2017
Rohit Communities, City staff and the design engagement volunteers met to discuss integration of the First Place townhome site with the adjacent neighbourhood park redevelopment project. This meeting resulted in some changes to the final First Place design plans, including:  

  • Revised site plan to reflect a total of 76 townhomes
  • Inclusion of 2-storey townhomes facing Bulyea Road and George H. Luck School
  • Provision of 23 more parking stalls, including four visitor parking stalls

Project Integration Meeting #4 - April 4, 2017
Rohit Communities, City staff and the Bulyea Heights community design engagement volunteers met to review and agree on the final design plans, including the:

  • Final site plan
  • Landscaping details
  • Architectural details, including siding, trim, roof/elevation, and building colours and materials
  • External site and building lighting 

Design Engagement Meeting #3 - March 31, 2017
Rohit Communities, City staff and the Bulyea Heights community design engagement volunteers met to share and discuss the:

  • Final site and landscaping plans
  • Exterior building treatments
  • Building colours and materials
  • Building elevations for surface and drive-under parking options

Design Engagement Meeting #2 - January 23, 2017
Rohit Communities, City staff and the Bulyea Heights community design engagement volunteers met to share and discuss:

  • Zoning opportunities/restrictions on the First Place site
  • Siting and site layout options (site constraints, access locations, fencing requirements, integration with adjacent city land), including selection of best site layout option
  • Private amenity space requirements
  • Building elevations for surface parking and drive under townhomes

Design Engagement Meeting #1 - December 08, 2016
Rohit Communities, City staff and the Bulyea Heights community design engagement volunteers met to kick start Bulyea Heights First Place Program design. The purpose of this first meeting was to:

  • Meet the Builder, Rohit Communities
  • Discuss design process expectations, roles and responsibilities
  • Introduce the building site - location, size, access etc.
  • Go over neighbourhood related issues i.e. parking, transit, safety, emergency access, and fencing
  • Consider site-specific challenges
Integration with Adjacent Neighbourhood Park Redevelopment Project

April 18, 2017 -  the builder, Rohit Communities, City staff, the Brookview Community League Executive, and the design engagement committee volunteers met to discuss integration of the First Place townhome site with the adjacent neighbourhood park redevelopment project. The City and Rohit Communities will be hosting another meeting before the end of June to provide the Brookview Community League Executive, Homeowners Association and Design Engagement participants with an update on:

  • Changes to the final First Place townhome design plans resulting from integration with the community park redevelopment project.
  • First Place townhome construction details and timeline
  • Open space plan associated with the community park redevelopment project
  • Integration of the First Place site and community park redevelopment project
What We've Heard

Open House
An Open House to discuss and answer questions about the First Place development was held on October 29, 2014. Feedback was gathered from residents online as well as at the meeting.

The City compiled the feedback into a What We Heard document.

Email Updates

Stay informed about the project by signing up to receive regular email updates. Contact the City at firstplace@edmonton.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to our surplus schools and First Place frequently asked questions pages for more information.

For More Information

First Place Homes

Telephone

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

Email firstplace@edmonton.ca

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