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

Project Update - August 2020

Thank you to everyone who has engaged with us on the Strathcona Back Street project so far. The refined Draft Design is now available. The project team is continuing to review all of the feedback provided, along with technical information and City policies and programs, for consideration into the final design. 

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.

Project Goals

The space will be designed to align with the Vision and Guiding Principles of Strathcona Neighbourhood Renewal. Goals of the project include:

  • Create a safe, welcoming, inviting space for gathering and visiting area businesses
  • Create a greener, cleaner public space that promotes health, happiness and well-being
  • Design a functional, fully accessible space, considering the needs of all users 
  • Create a more beautiful, all-season space with flexibility in the design for festivals and other events
  • Retain and reflect the character and history of Old Strathcona

Renewal Work

The renewal of the alley includes reconstruction of the pavement and upgrades to LED bulbs for any existing lighting. In addition, the City is exploring opportunities through other City initiatives and external partnerships, for additional consideration of:

  • Lighting
  • Trees and greenery
  • Gathering spaces
  • Creative, artistic elements
  • Upgraded road surface
  • Improved aesthetics for utilities

Project History

Project Update - April 2020

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft design online or at the pop-up event at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market on December 14, 2019. Participants learned about the project, shared their ideas for the alley and shared any concerns or considerations they may have.

The feedback received at the event, as well as online by December 31, 2019, is now summarized in the What We Heard report. This feedback will be used as we develop a preliminary design for the back street, which will be shared online when available.

Renewal of the back street has shifted from 2020 to 2021. The additional year will help build momentum around what is possible for the alley and will support construction coordination in 2021.

Plaza Draft Design
Alley Entrance Draft Design

For More Information

Building Great Neighbourhoods

All additional inquiries or escalations can be directed to the Building Great Neighbourhoods team, or by calling 311.


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