As part of Strathcona Neighbourhood Renewal, the City is renewing the alley north of Whyte Avenue from Gateway Boulevard to 104 Street.

Design Update - June 2021

The project team is excited to share the Final Design and What We Decided report for Strathcona Back Street. This project has been brought to life through the partnership and support of many people, including EPCOR Drainage, the Old Strathcona Business Association, City staff and community partners.

The City also thanks everyone who provided feedback on the design along the way! Construction of City funded and EPCOR funded elements is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2021 and be completed by fall 2021. 2021 construction will also include some community partner funded elements such as the underground work for future lighting enhancements.

Project Overview

Neighbourhood Renewal includes reconstruction of local and collector streets and sidewalks. Alleys are not usually included in this process, however, sometimes an alley functions as a street, and may be considered for reconstruction through the Neighbourhood Renewal Program. Identification of these types of alleys is based on how the alley is used, and the relationship between the alley and the buildings next to it, including situations where:

  • The only access to a building or unit is from the alley

  • A building “fronts” the alley with its active edge including windows, doors and pedestrian access

This Strathcona alley is more than an alley. Since there are several commercial units and a residential apartment building with active edges and main entrances facing the alley, it is considered a “back street”, and as such, is included in Strathcona's Neighbourhood Renewal.