Blatchford Development Updates

The Blatchford Redevelopment is in full swing as construction and builder selection continues. This year, installation of roads, walkways and curbs are currently taking shape in Blatchford West – Stage One. Once complete, Blatchford will have a mix of custom designed streets, sidewalks and boulevards to create a safe and comfortable experience for residents and visitors. Also included in the first stage of development is a linear park with community gardens, a playground, fruit orchard, plaza, event area, and much more!

 

Blatchford’s District Energy Sharing System (DESS) is also under construction, which will provide the energy for heating, cooling and hot water for all buildings in the community. An integral component for the first stage of the DESS is a geo-exchange system. In the winter, the geo-exchange will draw heat from the ground for heating, and in the summer, it will use the ground to reject excess heat to provide cooling. The geo-exchange field is located underneath the first stormwater pond and construction is currently in progress. Crews are working around the clock to drill 570 boreholes, each reaching up to 150 metres in depth. Blatchford’s first Energy Centre is also taking shape, which will house the equipment needed for the DESS to operate and provide the very first homes in Blatchford with environmentally friendly heating, cooling and hot water.

The chance for Edmontonians to call Blatchford home is getting closer every day! The Blatchford builder selection process reached its next milestone and is currently in the process of selling the first parcels of land in the community to home builders that share the vision for

high-quality, architecturally-designed, energy-efficient buildings. Visit our website at BlatchfordEdmonton.ca for official builder announcements and to find out more about the first stage of development.

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Blatchford redefines community design

City Council has approved the first special area zones for the Blatchford community, making Blatchford one step closer to becoming one of the world’s largest sustainable communities.

“Building a community that functions and feels different than a typical neighbourhood requires examining every choice right from the beginning,” says Mark Hall, Executive Director, Blatchford Redevelopment. “At each step of the development process, including zoning, we are examining what we can do to create a community like no other in Canada.”

Some of the unique elements of the approved Blatchford zone include:

  • The building design in Blatchford will create an urban feel that contributes to a vibrant and unique street life. Ground floor residential units will have private entries facing directly onto the street to create a direct connection to the community.
  • Mixed-use buildings in residential areas will be zoned for small-scale retail only. Drive-throughs will not be permitted.
  • All residential and commercial parking will be located underground or at the rear of buildings. There will be no front driveways or garages.
  • Buildings will require double the amount of bicycle parking normally required.
  • Secondary and garage suites in the townhomes. In addition to increasing density in the community, the approved development of these suites in townhomes will help support Blatchford’s affordable housing goals.
  • Solar panels, rooftop decks and gardens.
  • Community gardens and greenhouses located in park spaces.

Construction of the first stage of development on the west side of the site is scheduled to begin later this year.

Council’s vision for Blatchford is to create a community with family-oriented housing, urban agriculture, enhanced urban design, improved affordability, and additional green space.


For more information visit:

blatchfordedmonton.ca

Media contact:

Cheryl Mitchell
Communications Advisor
City of Edmonton
780-944-0511