Applicant's rendering of the tower
The Quarters Hotel and Residence will be a mixed-use (commercial and residential) tower up to 280 m (approximately 80 storeys) in height with landscaped terraces.
- The development, also known as the Alldritt Tower, will be located west of 96 Street NW and south of Jasper Avenue NW.
- The proposal involved changes to a number of planning related bylaws, including a rezoning of the affected site.
The rezoning application was approved by City Council on April 26, 2017 in a 7 to 5 vote. The next step is for the developer to apply for a Development Permit in compliance with the approved zoning (DC2) regulations, and submit all required technical studies.
The developer has 10 years to secure a valid Development Permit before the development rights are reduced to only allow a park. Submission of the Development Permit will depend on the developer’s timeline.
At the April 26, 2017 meeting, Council also directed that:
- Net proceeds from the land sale be earmarked for purchase of lands within the River Valley, and that administration return to Council on May 9, 2017 update with a report providing recommendations as to the release of any information that can be made public related to the sale.
- Administration provide the terms and conditions of the Public Access Easement for the Publicly Accessible Private Park to Executive Committee for approval prior to the execution of the agreement.
- Administration bring a report to Committee in May 2018 on options to design, build, finance, and invite partners on the bridge connection between the Alldritt Tower project lands and Louise McKinney Park.
Location of proposed development
The west portion of the site is undeveloped City parkland. It is partially located within the North Saskatchewan River Valley with a small portion located in the Downtown neighbourhood. This part of the site is located on a steep slope.
The east portion of the site contains two low-rise apartment buildings and is located within The Quarters Downtown neighbourhood.
Land Sales Agreement
Prior to and contingent on the rezoning approval, City Council made the decision to sell the parkland and portions of 101 Avenue and Grierson Hill Road adjacent to the proposed tower site to the developer (Alldritt). There is now a land sales agreement between the developer and the City of Edmonton.
At the April 26, 2017 City Council meeting, Council directed that net proceeds from the land sale be earmarked for purchase of lands within the River Valley.
On May 9, 2017, information that can be made public.on the
Pursuant to sections 16 and 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, certain details pertaining to the land sale agreement must remain private.
The land sale agreement contains information that if released could harm the City and Alldritt's competitive position. The information being kept private will be reviewed for release again in the future to ensure transparency of the land sale.