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Blatchford community's grand opening

Blatchford community a work in progress--something residents can see at a public grand opening June 25.
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Development coming along in historic Blatchford community. A public grand opening happens June 25. Photo: Twitter

Despite delays and criticism over the affordability of projects within the developing Blatchford community, the City is presenting Edmonton residents a picture of how Blatchford is progressing.

At an industry event, to be followed by a public grand opening on June 25, City politicians and developers showcased the community.

“Blatchford embodies the vision of what Edmontonians want their city to be—a healthy, urban, climate resilient and prosperous community,” said Edmonton Councillor Anne Stevenson. 

“All of the land we have available for sale is currently either sold or pending.” said Tom Lumsden, Blatchford’s development manager. “New communities take time to get established and Blatchford is poised to take off. Potential residents and visitors to the community can start to see the vision translating into reality."

Two stages are planned for construction this year, in addition to the two stages currently under development on the west side of the site. This brings the total parcels of land, made up of townhomes and four to six storey buildings, up to 34. That equals about 1,100 residential units and mixed-used buildings of shops and services.

Three new home builder projects are set to be in development in the near future, including a 90-unit rental townhome development, an 82-unit condo building and a 72-unit condo building with main floor retail. 

The City of Edmonton is bringing services to the east side of the neighbourhood in preparation for NAIT’s campus expansion. Road and sidewalk connections from the west to the east side are planned to ensure residents and visitors will have direct access to the LRT, which is scheduled to be operational in 2024 or 2025. 

The City of Edmonton is hosting a public grand opening event for the Blatchford community on Saturday, June 25 from noon to 6 p.m. The event will provide Edmontonians interested in the neighbourhood with a chance to tour the site, talk with the development team and visit the showhomes.