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King Edward Park is located just south of Whyte Avenue and east of Mill Creek Ravine, and was used as farmland in the late 19th century. The area was annexed by the City of Strathcona in 1907 and became a part of Edmonton in the amalgamation in 1912, though the majority of development didn’t start until the 1950s. Today, King Edward Park has evolved into a mix of single family homes, multi-family buildings and low-rise apartments. 

Site Information

Address: 8120 93 Street NW, on the northeast portion of the site

Number of Storeys: 4

Number of Units: 30

Types of Units:

  • 12 studio units

  • 3 barrier-free studio units

  • 12 one bedroom units

  • 3 barrier-free one bedroom units

Rezoning

The City has filed a planning application for 8120 93 Street NW. This application proposes a plan amendment to remove the site from the boundary of the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan. 

The application also proposes rezoning the site from Metropolitan Recreation Zone (A) to Low-Rise Apartment Zone (RA7) to enable a low-rise apartment development, and from Metropolitan Recreation Zone (A) to Public Utility Zone (PU) to accommodate the existing drainage facility. If approved, the proposed zone would allow for a 4-storey (16 metres) apartment building (multi-unit housing) with limited ground floor commercial.

All planning applications are required to undergo the same rigorous analysis by the City’s Planning Coordination section, whether they are filed by another City department or a private developer. This analysis involves reviewing the proposal for technical considerations, including traffic and parking impacts, and alignment to relevant City priorities, plans and policies.

There will be a public hearing on this planning application at City Council in late fall 2020. You will be able to register to submit comments or speak remotely at the public hearing. Find more information about the application and how you can participate in the public hearing here.

How Will This Development Affect My Property Values?

There is no conclusive evidence to suggest non-market housing, including supportive housing, negatively affects surrounding property values.  

Studies have consistently found that if non-market housing is well-designed, fits in with the surrounding neighborhood, and is well managed, property values of neighbouring homes are not negatively affected. 

Residential real estate values, both for home assessment and sale value, are primarily driven by local and global economic factors, rather than the introduction of new non-market housing in the community. The same is true of commercial properties. 

How Will This Development Affect the Safety of My Community?

Supportive housing is staffed by social workers, psychologists, nurses, therapists and support workers who have the training and experience needed to help residents succeed and to provide daily programming to keep residents engaged.

The City studied the impact of non-market housing on the safety of 5 core neighbourhoods and found there was no correlation between crime and non-market housing, including supportive housing. 

Using data and analytics support from the Edmonton Police Service, the City studied how many police events, including drug-related activity, violence, and property crime, occurred between 2011-2018 around non-market housing addresses in 5 core neighbourhoods. The number of events at these sites were then compared to the number of total events in the neighbourhood where the site was located. 

Non-market properties, including supportive housing, were responsible for just 4% of the total number of police events for the 5 neighbourhoods, despite making up 12% of the total housing.

The City also examined data pertaining to bylaw complaints, including noise and graffiti, and found that non-market housing properties were responsible for just 1.3 per cent of the total bylaw complaints in their neighbourhoods. 

Who Will Operate the Building?

If the land sales are approved and all the conditions are met, Homeward Trust Edmonton will be contracting a service provider who will be responsible for delivering the services on site.

The service provider for this site has not yet been selected. Homeward Trust will put a request for proposals out to service providers at least six months prior to the completion of construction.

Let’s Talk!

We want to hear from you. Today’s residents of King Edward Park and the future residents of supportive housing will both benefit if this building is well-integrated into and supported by the community. We will be working closely with your community to understand how everyone can be a good neighbour and how the design of the building can be optimized to fit in King Edward Park.  

Provide your feedback in this survey that will help us collect your questions and thoughts about this project.

Take Survey
In the coming months, we will engage your community to gather feedback and thoughts on the development. The feedback you provide will be collected in a What We Heard Report that will be presented to City Council.

Stay tuned to this page or sign up to be notified of upcoming public engagement opportunities. 

For More Information

Email supportivehousing@edmonton.ca

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