Fall Newsletter

Friday, October 21, 2011 11:10 AM | Cory Doll

Dear Neighbours

There is a lot at stake here for us.

The U of A has massive plans for its South Campus lands, the former university farm (including the West 240).

These will affect everyone who lives in this part of Edmonton, none more than those of us in the neighborhoods close to the site.

The development of South Campus is filled with great opportunity, and also with great risk. The benefits will only outweigh the costs if the development is done well, according to a credible plan prepared in accordance with the best practices in urban planning.

Here are just a few of the university’s latest developments and plans:

•·         the GO Centre (with a reported 1.5 million users/year, or 4000 visitors a day)

•·         a radioisotope production plant at the Balmoral curling site.

•·         residences for 7000 students (equivalent to the population of three full neighborhoods)

•·         twin arenas

•·         a new fieldhouse

•·         an aquatics centre

•·         three new parkades

•·         a number of new roads and intersections to provide access

There may well be other plans on the drawing board that university administrators have not made public. For example, the Faculty of Agriculture is engaged in a closed planning process for the south quarter.

Over the past year, community leagues from neighborhoods most affected by the redevelopment of South Campus have formed the South Campus Neighbourhood Coaltion (SCNC) so we have a stronger community voice as these plans are formed and implemented.

Please read the attached newsletter, have a look at what the coalition is doing, and let us know your thoughts.

Masood Makarechian, Chairman

South Campus Neighborhood Coalition

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