edmonton - a living history - august 2005


it will be a nice town once they finish building it

Selected recent events in Edmonton's modern history.

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City and U of A Team Up To Save The Bay >permalink<

Hudson's BayAfter being essentially empty for nearly 15 years, the downtown Hudson's Bay department store building will come back to life as a cutting edge knowledge-based technology sector incubator.


On August 30th, 2005, the City of Edmonton decided to contribute $12.5 million to a project that will extend the University's campus across the river. The U of A is seeking $30 million from the provincial and federal governments, and it is expected that it will cost up to $64 million to purchase, develop and bring the building up to code. In return for its commitment, the City will receive a portion of any innovations developed and sold by campus researchers.


Current sole tennant CHUM Broadcasting will remain on the main floor, while the University will take over the rest of the three-story 270,000 square-foot building. Some 500 to 1,000 students would attend the facility which is attached to the Bay LRT station, offering a direct connection to the main U of A campus. The building would be known as the TEC Centre, and once started renovations should take 18 months.


For more about the history of the Hudson's Bay building, read Lawrence Herzog's article at Real Estate Weekly.


Pool Plan Holds Water >permalink<

Queen Elizabeth PoolIn September, 2003, 272,400 litres of water disappeared overnight. Not only did the 83-year-old Queen Elizabeth Pool lose all of its water through a crack, Edmontonians lost one of their favourite outdoor swimming holes. The pool, located at 8900 106 Street, did not re-open during the 2004 and 2005 seasons as the future of the structure was debated by experts, politicians and the public, some of whom formed the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Pool Society.


At their August meeting, Edmonton City Council decided to pour hope on the situation by placing a $4.1 million proposal on their list of 2006 budget deliberations. The plan would see the first municipal swimming pool in Western Canada become a year-round attraction complete with a deeper main pool, a separate toddler pool, two hot tubs, a cave and a waterfall.


Edmontonians have long loved their outdoor pools, and Lawrence Herzog has written a series of articles on the subject.


The Price of Parking >permalink<

Parking meterIn July, Edmonton City Council approved new parking meter rates, the first change since 1994. Work is now underway to switch over 3,000 meters by October 10th.


The new hourly prices will be set by a three-tier parking-rate structure that's dependent on meter location and day of week. Some areas will see rates rise to $2 an hour (and could be in effect 24 hours a day) while medium-demand areas will see the rate go to $1.50 an hour.


Parkers using the least busy meters will see rates drop to $1, and flat rates of $1 an hour come into effect on Saturdays for most areas. Sundays remain free. Parking meter rates had been $1.25 per hour since 1994.




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