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Two vacant school building sites in Blue Quill on 112 Street, between Saddleback Road and 25 Avenue, have been declared surplus to school needs by local school boards. One site has been approved by City Council for seniors’ housing, and the other has been approved for development into townhomes under the City’s First Place program.

The new townhomes will only be developed on the 1.2 ha of land that was previously set aside for a school building. The 11.92 ha of open space surrounding the housing development will be retained by the City and continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original neighbourhood structure plan.

What's Being Built?

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 development in each neighbourhood. This forms the basis for the development permit approval process that follows.

Construction and New Home Sales

Construction and new home sales for the 63 Blue Quill First Place townhomes is now underway.

Construction of the First Place townhomes in Blue Quill started in July 2017. Construction of the new townhomes will be completed in accordance with the outcome of the Community Design Engagement Process conducted in February-April 2016.  

For detailed information on the status of the development process, including  safety guidelines and who to contact if you have questions or concerns,  please visit the  Landmark Homes Blue Quill First Place website.

New Home Sales
Thirty of the 63 new homes are already on hold for new home buyers. If you are interested in purchasing one of the homes, please contact the builder, Landmark Homes, directly for more information on pricing and eligibility requirements.

The Blue Quill First Place show suite at 215 Saddleback Rd is now open. The hours of operation for the show suite are Monday to Thursday from 3-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.

Building Site Location

December 2015
City Council approved the relocation of the First Place site and Seniors’ Housing site. The updated site Buildingmap shows the new locations of the sites.

Design Engagement

The design engagement process for the Blue Quill first place townhomes is complete. The design engagement process provided an opportunity for the Community league and Blue Quill 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, massing and rooflines, access, vistas, and design details.

April 2016

Design Engagement Session 3 (April 6, 2016)
Landmark Homes, City staff and seven Blue Quill community volunteers met to finalize site layout, landscaping details, elevation details, building materials and colour.

The engagement meeting information package includes: the agendameeting notesfinal site planfinal landscaping planentrance feature3D views and elevation

March 2016

Design Engagement Session 2 (March 17, 2016)
Landmark Homes, City staff and eight Blue Quill community volunteers met to discuss final layout plans, landscape concept design, and technical reports related to traffic, geotechnical testing and environmental site assessments.

The engagement meeting information package includes: the agendameeting notesdesign package with options and the Blue Quill site map with existing sports fields.

February 2016

Design Engagement Session 1 (February 24, 2016) 
Landmark Homes, City staff and eight Blue Quill community volunteers met to explore design issues important to residents including: parking, transit, safety, emergency access, and fencing. After the discussion, three different site design options were shared and input was gathered.

The engagement meeting information package(7MB) includes details about site design options and other topics. The engagement meeting notes summarizes the discussion and the key points raised during the session.

What We've Heard

October 2014 Open House
Feedback was compiled into a What We Heard document.

Email Updates

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to our surplus schools and First Place frequently asked questions pages for more information.

For More Information

First Place Homes


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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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