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Edmonton Neighborhoods to Get Revitalized

Blog by Sara Kalke | August 25th, 2010

Edmonton Neighborhoods to Get Revitalized

If you live in central Edmonton, you are probably very good at avoiding potholes, jumping over cracks in the sidewalk and you are used to the sight of rusty street lights.  The good news is if you live in one of the following neighborhoods, the City of Edmonton will be installing new streets, new sidewalks and new street lights in your neighborhood in the next 4 years.  The neighborhoods will also have a co-ordinated maintenance of underground utilities, such as water-main renewal and gas-line replacement programs.

For homeowners and property investors - this revitalization is sure to improve the neighborhoods. If you would like to see an example of how this revitalization program works, take an afternoon drive through Holyrood, Idylwylde, Ritchie, Crestwood, Parkview, Kensington or Wellington (just a few examples of recently revitalized neighborhoods) to see how great the areas look after revitalization.

Here is the full list of the areas scheduled for revitalization by 2014, in alphabetical order (as published by the Edmonton Journal):
- Argyll
- Belgravia
- Capilano
- Dovercourt
- Empire Park
- Fulton Place
- Gariepy
- Grovenor
- Homesteader
- King Edward Park
- Laurier Heights
- Lendrum Place
- Lorelei
- McKernan
- Meadowlark Park
- Montrose
- North Glenora
- Parkallen
- Queen Alexandra
- Rio Terrace
- Sherbrooke
- Spruce Avenue
- Strathcona
- Terrace Heights
- Thorncliff
- West Jasper Place
- Windsor Park
- Woodcroft

For more information, please see the City of Edmonton website: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/planning_development/neighbourhood-revitalization.aspx

Twenty-eight Edmonton districts picked for upgrades


'The bad news is it's going to take us decades to dig ourselves out'

 EDMONTON - Twenty-eight Edmonton communities are scheduled to get new sidewalks and roads over the next five years, a city report shows.

The update on the city's neighbourhood renewal program was presented Tuesday to council's transportation and public works committee.

"It's a success story," Coun. Don Iveson said. "Initially, when we mapped this out, costs were still rising very quickly because of the boom.

"The good news was that costs have come in lower, because the economy slowed down and because we have a dedicated pool of funds we know will be there in future years, so we can enter long-term contracts" at a lower price.

"The bad news is it's going to take us decades to dig ourselves out."

The report says Edmonton has about 300 neighbourhoods. Of those, 109 need full reconstruction of sidewalks and roads; 65 need their roads fixed.

Iveson said the crumbling infrastructure is due, in part, to cost-cutting measures in the 1990s that sacrificed regular maintenance for more pressing needs.

"They didn't cut back on policing or services, but they cut back on maintenance, because there are no short-term consequences," Iveson said. "Now we've got this avalanche to deal with."

In addition, he said the city long relied on grants from the province, which could be changed or cancelled at any time. The city still relies on provincial money from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, but is steadily moving toward a stable, predictable neighbourhood renewal fund that will allow maintenance to happen regardless what the province provides.

The money in the fund comes from two-per-cent dedicated tax levies every year since 2008. A further two per cent is proposed in the 2011 budget. The report says that when the renewal program is fully funded, it will cost roughly $110 million each year, based on 2010 construction prices.

The work in older neighbourhoods involves building new roadways, sidewalks, street lighting, drainage infrastructure and multi-use trails.

The neighbourhood renewal program is also co-ordinated with separate water-main renewal and gas-line replacement programs, so that communities get a facelift and new guts at the same time.

The neighbourhoods that will be reconstructed before 2014 are: Lorelei, Homesteader, Montrose, Capilano, Fulton, Terrace Heights, King Edward Park, Argyll, Empire Park, Lendrum Place, Parkallen, Queen Alexandra, Strathcona, McKernan, Belgravia, Windsor Park, Laurier Heights, Rio Terrace, Gariepy, Thorncliff, Meadowlark Park, West Jasper Place, Grovenor, North Glenora, Woodcroft, Dovercourt, Sherbrooke and Spruce Avenue.

The city reconstructed 11 neighbourhoods between 2000 and 2009, including York, Parkdale, Holyrood, Idylwylde, Ritchie, Crestwood, Parkview, West Meadowlark, Youngstown, McQueen, Wellington and Kensington.



Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Twenty+eight+districts+picked+upgrades/3439302/story.html#ixzz0xdPwIK00