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In 2006, the vacant school building site at 2137 Haddow Drive in Haddow was approved by City Council for development into townhomes under the City’s First Place Program.

The new townhomes will only be developed on the 0.8 ha of land that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining 6.43 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.

The second vacant school building site in Haddow was reviewed by the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) in December 2015 and was not declared surplus. This building site will be held for the EPSB until the next review of vacant building sites occurs in 2018. If EPSB were to declare the site surplus at that time, it would be offered to the Francophone and Catholic school boards before being considered for other uses.

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 selected community volunteers helps to shape development in each neighbourhood. This forms the basis for the development permit approval process that follows.

Construction and New Home Sales

Construction and new home sales for the 38 Haddow First Place townhomes is now underway.

Construction of the First Place townhomes in Haddow started in June  2016. Construction of the new townhomes will be completed in accordance with the outcome of the  Community Design Engagement Process conducted in 2015. For detailed information on homes under construction, please visit the Haddow First Place by Rohit Communities website.

New Home Sales
If you are interested in purchasing one homes please contact the builder, Rohit Communities, directly for more information on pricing and eligibility requirements.

The showhome is open from 3-8pm Monday to Thursday and 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sports Field Bookings

Users of the sports field on site have been advised of the changes underway and are being accommodated on other sports fields. Questions about sports fields bookings may be directed to or 780-442-4548.

Design Engagement

The community design engagement process provided an opportunity for the Community league and Haddow community members to meet with the builder and discuss elements to help ensure the development was a good “fit” within the existing community – including orientation, massing and rooflines, access, vistas, and design details.

May 2015 - Design Engagement #4

April 2015 - Design Engagement #3

March 2015 - Design Engagement #2

February 2015 - Design Engagement #1

What We've Heard

November 2014 - Open House.
Feedback was compiled into this What We Heard document

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


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


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