Work is now underway to rehabilitate the historic Iron Works Building on 96 Street north of 104 Avenue. Rehabilitation is necessary to prepare the building for future use. This historic industrial property was built in 1909 and is an important part of the area plan to renew The Quarters Downtown.
The City of Edmonton is financing $99 million in infrastructure investments with revenues from The Quarters Downtown Community Revitalization Levy. These capital investments include upgrading drainage and sanitary services to handle the higher-density residential and commercial development, as well as streetscaping improvements and a new park design and construction. These projects are helping to transform The Quarters Downtown into a diverse and inclusive community.
Boyle Renaissance meets the housing, social, recreation and service needs of current residents and welcomes new neighbours to the community. The City continues to implement the Boyle Street Renaissance Master Plan in the area north of 104 Avenue and Boyle Renaissance.
Jasper Avenue New Vision intends to re-establish Jasper Avenue, from 92 to 109 Street, as one of Edmonton’s main streets, making it a place all Edmontonians can be proud of, as well as a symbol of the vitality of the downtown and Edmonton as a whole. For more information, visit the project web page.
The Open Space Master Plan project will develop new strategies for providing open spaces and improving the public realm to meet the needs of a growing residential population, attract families and visitors, and support a vibrant downtown.
The City supports arts and culture initiatives to engage the community, activate the buildings and streets and draw people to the neighbourhood. In 2019, after a public competition for tenants, rehabilitation began on two City-owned buildings.
Quarters Arts won long-term tenancy at 9641-102A Avenue based on their proposal for CO*LAB (community arts laboratory).
A design rendering of the Quarters Arts CO*LAB building
Ociciwan won long-term tenancy at 9604-101A Avenue based on their proposal for an Indigenous Contemporary Arts Centre.
A design rendering of the Ociciwan Indigenous Contemporary Arts building
In addition to the City-driven initiatives taking place in The Quarters Downtown, several privately-funded projects are bringing life and vibrancy to the community.
The historic Brighton Block on Jasper Avenue was restored and redeveloped. Construction finished in 2020.
The historic Pendennis Hotel building on Jasper Avenue was renovated and restored, with construction complete in 2019.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel is the first hotel to be built in Downtown Edmonton in 30 years. Built by the award-winning Dub Architects Ltd, this stunning building is the entranceway to the Armature.
The already-iconic hotel has 255 guest rooms, 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space as well as commercial retail space on the main floor. The hotel opened in the fall of 2016.