October 2016 Construction Update

With the winter months quickly approaching, the 2016 construction season at Blatchford is coming to an end. Over the last several months, crews have been hard at work preparing the site for stage one residential construction by installing select portions of the sanitary and storm sewer mains.

The sanitary sewer line connecting the future stage one residential area to the offsite sewer line is now virtually complete. This sanitary sewer line will eventually service the entire west side.

Work on the first stormwater pond is also now complete for the season with the construction of the storm sewer line as well as the inlets and outlet which allow water to enter into and drain out of the pond. Read more about the construction of the first stormwater pond in the September construction update.

Below are a few photos of the work that took place in October.

Construction crews complete work on the three inlets and one outlet for the stormwater pond. The inlets and outlets regulate the water level.
Construction crews complete work on the three inlets and one outlet for the stormwater pond. The inlets and outlet regulate the water level.
Construction crews complete work on the three inlets and one outlet for the stormwater pond. The inlets and outlets regulate the water level.
Construction crews complete work on the three inlets and one outlet for the stormwater pond. The inlets and outlet regulate the water level.
Construction crews work to backfill and compact sand over the sanitary sewer line.
Construction crews work to backfill and compact sand over the sanitary sewer line.

 

The vertical pipe is a manhole that connects to the existing sewer line. Crews are excavating to tie the new line into the existing combined sewer that currently runs across Blatchford.
The vertical pipe is a manhole that connects to the existing sewer line. Crews are excavating to tie the new line into the existing combined sewer that currently runs across Blatchford.

4 Comments

  1. Brock White

    Do we know when the first showhomes will be available and the first approximate move in dates?

    Likely to buy in the first lot of Townhouses in 300-450k range.

    1. Cheryl Mitchell

      Hi Brock,

      Before we begin the homebuilder selection process, we are waiting on one more critical decision related to the delivery of renewable energy in the community (there is a report going to City Council later this year on this topic). Once that decision is made, we will begin a competitive process to select homebuilders that align with our high environmental and social goals. Once homebuilders are selected, we will have a better idea of dates for when showhomes will open and when the first residents will move in. We will continue to post updates related to builder selection and timing on our website. Thanks for your question!

  2. Jay Cobitz

    Why is stage 1 so far from the LRT? Stage 1 should be right next to the LRT to encourage people to not use a car. Anyone moving into stage 1 will require a car and carry on the same habits that currently exist in Edmonton. Disappointed, but not surprised.

    Who are the planners/architects behind the current Blatchford plan? Has anyone replaced Perkins+Will once they left the project? I really hope it’s not the city trying to plan this without the help of a professional firm.

    1. Blatchford

      Hi Jay,

      Thank you for the question. Multiple considerations including construction, engineering and design factors went into determining the location of the first stage of development within Blatchford. Based on a transit-oriented perspective, we are starting construction on the west side because on an undeveloped site like Blatchford it is preferential to first build the LRT and then develop the neighbourhood around it (rather than constructing buildings and then building an LRT line through the existing residential and commercial/retail areas). At this time, the funding and timeline for the extension of the LRT onto the east side of Blatchford are being discussed but have not been confirmed. Another factor in the consideration to start stage one on the west side is the housing product that will be offered in this location on the site (townhomes). This product type is in short supply in the mature part of the city and is in demand.

      The City of Edmonton will build a temporary walkway connecting stage one residential to the existing temporary NAIT LRT station so the first residents have a direct route to cycle or walk to the LRT. In addition to this temporary access to the LRT, bus stations will also be located in the first stage to provide residents with another public transportation option.

      Like any land developer, the City of Edmonton works with a number of industry experts, including companies like Stantec, to design and build the community.

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