Yellowknife City Hall is moving forward with plans to clean up 50th street, also known as Range Street.

Monday night, councillors voted to have two buildings demolished — Instaloan and Corner Mart. Those buildings shut down last year after the city bought them.

Council is asking administration to come up with short-term uses for the land. One possibility would be a parking lot.


The city's short-term plans are to demolish the Corner Mart, along with the Instaloan building, and turn them into parking lots. (CBC)

The long-term plans for the space generated the most debate at the meeting. The city's original plan had been to buy up and combine lots along the street so they could be developed into retail and affordable housing.

Coun. Niels Konge said he doesn't think the city should control what is developed downtown. He said he worries it will put off potential developers.

Other councillors said the city needs to take an active role in improving a street that has been plagued by social issues for years.


  • A previous version of this story stated the city was planning to use the land as a parking lot in the short-term.
    Apr 09, 2013 2:52 AM CT