City council rejects 30-storey tower proposal for Oliver – Edmonton

A proposal to build a 30-storey residential high-rise in Edmonton’s Oliver neighbourhood was rejected by city council Wednesday. 

Developer Westrich Pacific Corporation and design company Stantec were proposing the 90-metre-high building on 99th Avenue and 111th Street. 

The Oliver Community League opposed the tower, which was to be located on two former single-family-home lots.

“The height of 30 storeys is incredibly high on a very small and narrow lot,” community league treasurer Mary McPhail told CBC News Wednesday. 

The high-rise was proposed directly north of a condo building and south of the Edmonton General Hospital. (Stantec)

The tower would have cast a shadow on the neighbouring area, which includes a seniors’ residence and the Edmonton General Hospital, McPhail added.

“In Edmonton … when there’s not a lot of sunlight in winter, we think that would have a real impact on residents and those at the Edmonton General.”

Before city council voted 8-3 to block the application, David Sanche, a managing partner with Westrich, said the 165-unit proposal was family-friendly with 18 three-bedroom apartments, one four-bedroom unit and 111 two-bedroom units, close to Grandin elementary school.

Sanche described the location as “exceptional” for potential tenants. 

“The attraction is … view protection on all sides, the adjacency to the river valley,” Sanche said Wednesday.

“The safety of the neighbourhood, the schools, the amenities, the fact that you’re one LRT stop from ICE District, but you’re living in a park, in a tree-lined street.”

He said the tower was proposed within 200 metres of the Grandin LRT station. 

‘It doesn’t belong’

“It doesn’t belong in the middle of a block in the middle of Oliver,” said Michael Kahn, representing the condo board for the adjacent Madison building.

“If the building goes ahead as proposed, there will be about one and a half metres between the balconies [of the…

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