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East of Edmonton’s transforming downtown sits 160 acres of land called Exhibition Lands. This piece of redevelopment land is ready to become the City’s next opportunity for innovation, revitalization and transit-oriented development.

About the Project

Next Steps

February 22

On February 22, Administration will be taking a report to Executive Committee regarding the pros, cons and risks to the City if there was a decision to redevelop the coliseum site, including the building. This report is in response to a motion brought forward by Council in December. The meeting is open to the public, and will be posted on the City's website on Thursday, February 15.

At the same meeting of Executive Committee, Administration will bring forward a second report that provides a general project update. The report will also be public on the City's website on Thursday, February 15.

Upcoming Consultation

As dates are confirmed for information sharing or public engagement, they will be posted to the City's website. Sign up for the project newsletter for information on upcoming dates and next steps. 

Decisions

Council

  • Approved an expanded strategic approach to the Edmonton Exhibition Lands city-building opportunity. This includes the continuation of the Area Redevelopment Plan, supplemented by a new approach that taps into the magnitude of the opportunity. The expanded approach will provide multiple touch points with the public and stakeholders.
  • Requested Administration come back to Council with a report that outlines the pros, cons and risks to the City to redevelop the coliseum site (16 acres north 118 Avenue). This report will be at Executive Committee on February 22, 2018. As the report goes before Executive Committee first, the date it will come to Council has not yet been set.
  • Approved to transfer operations of the EXPO Centre to Edmonton Economic Development Corporation effective January 1, 2018. This transfer facilitates joint operation of major conference facilities under one operator in the city.
  • Approved the closure of the coliseum building and operations effective January 1, 2018.
  • Approved the phased-out transition of the remaining site operations, including the casino and track operations, throughout 2018 and finalized by the end of 2018.

Northlands

  • Will continue to operate K-Days and Farmfair International for a number of years, within a current agreement of up to five years.

Background

Edmonton Exhibition Lands is a large piece of land bordered by multiple existing neighbourhoods that includes:

  • the coliseum, a facility that previously operated as a sports and entertainment venue
  • the Expo Centre, an events and conference centre operated by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
  • a casino and horse track
  • Borden Park
  • the Coliseum LRT stop
  • major arterial roads such as Wayne Gretzky Drive.

Transformation

This area is undergoing a major transformation with the transfer of the coliseum back to City ownership on January 1, 2018, the transfer of the Expo Centre operations to Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and the casino and horse track winding down operations by the end of 2018.

As the City’s second largest urban infill site, in a premier location close to downtown, LRT and transit, the river valley, a vibrant park area and green space amenities, this is an opportunity made for Edmonton and its big ideas.

Exhibition Lands Study Area

Planning the Area

Phase 1

Idea Generation

This phase will be both a formal procurement process as well as a public process that will encourage and ask for a broad spectrum of ideas for the Edmonton Exhibition Lands.

This work is anticipated to be completed in the first and second quarter of 2018.

Phase 2

Due Diligence

This phase will collect all the ideas provided to the City and review them looking at feasibility, alignment with project principles and other City priorities.

This work is anticipated to be completed in late second quarter of 2018.

Phase 3

Develop Concepts

This phase will establish a shortlist of development concepts using a review that includes economic analysis and evaluation criteria.

This work is anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.

Phase 4

Refine Concepts

This phase will further refine the economic and strategic analysis of the development concepts. The concepts will be shared with the Community Stakeholder Committee, area community leagues, special interest stakeholders, business, industry and Edmontonians.

This work is anticipated to be completed late in the third quarter of 2018.

Engagement History

Information Sessions

November 23, 2017

The project team participated in the Engage Edmonton event at Archbishop O'Leary High School.

Meeting Materials

Display Boards


June 12, 2017

The City held 2 information sessions at City Hall and Bellevue Community League.

Meeting Materials

Display Boards
Presentation
What We Heard Report (17 MB)

 

Online Survey

June 1 - 30, 2017

The public was invited to provide insight through an online survey. The feedback helps inform how the project unfolds.

Connect With Us

We received valuable input over the last year and while the project scope has grown, that input is still valued and will be included in work as we go forward. We continue to invite everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet the challenge of the Edmonton Exhibition Lands.

If you would like to provide thoughts, please email ExhibitionLands@edmonton.ca

Project Updates

Stay informed on the latest project information.

For More Information

Edmonton Exhibition Lands

Email ExhibitionLands@edmonton.ca

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