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In 2006, the vacant school building site at 1404-105 Street in Bearspaw was declared surplus by local school boards and approved by City Council for development into townhomes under the City’s First Place program.  

Construction and New Home Sales

Construction and homes sales for all 61 townhomes in Bearspaw is now complete. The new homes were constructed in accordance with the outcome of the Community Design Engagement Process conducted in 2015.

The new townhomes have only been developed on the portion of the school park site that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining open space surrounding the housing development has been retained by the City and will continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original neighbourhood structure plan.

For information on First Place developments in other neighbourhoods, please visit the surplus schools by community webpage.

Design Engagement

The community design engagement process provided an opportunity for the community league and Bearspaw community members to meet with the builder and discuss elements to help ensure the development was a good fit within the existing community – including orientation, building shape, roof design, site access, look, and design details.

The design engagement process began in March 2014 and was completed in May 2014.

About First Place

Many Edmontonians dream of owning their own home but don’t have the financial resources to make it happen. Young professionals, single parents and residents in middle income brackets can find it particularly tough to break into Edmonton’s housing market, which is one of the most expensive in Canada.

The City’s First Place Program teams with banks and builders to develop vacant surplus school building sites into attractive townhomes.  The homes are market priced, with a five-year deferral on the land portion of the mortgage, making them more accessible to first time buyers.

A public design engagement process involving selected community volunteers helps to shape the design of the new townhomes in each neighbourhood. This forms the basis for the development permit approval process that follows.

For More Information

First Place Homes


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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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