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Council delays decision on controversial housing development in east Edmonton
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:09PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:38PM MDT
After Holyrood residents waited hours Monday, hoping for a decision over an extensive redevelopment plan that would see a number of towers built north of Bonnie Doon Mall, City Council decided to put it off until November.
Dozens were in the council chamber Monday, many prepared to speak against the proposal – a number said the development would tower over single family homes and create safety issues.
The development, made up of seven buildings of varying heights along 85 Street between 90 Avenue and 95 Avenue, would add 1,200 residential units to the area.
The planned development would be right beside the future Holyrood LRT Station.
The tallest building proposed in the development would be 22 storeys tall.
The developer said they hoped to get a green light from councillors, and said there was work that needed to be done before construction on the LRT station starts on March 1.
However, that issue came as a surprise to a resident at Monday’s hearing.
“This utility issue, nobody’s ever heard before, so that was a new one,” resident Marc Harden said. “I think [it] was a strategy on the developer’s part trying to not get this delayed.”
After council’s decision, the public hearing on this development will be held in November.
“I think it’s important that we do this right and if this commitment gets us there, and if this gets us there and allows us to do it right I’m fully in support of it,” Councillor Ben Henderson said.
With files from Jonathan Glasgow