80-storey tower proposed for downtown Edmonton

The Quarters Hotel and Residences could be up to 80 storeys high if zoning is approved.

Proposal for what would be the tallest building in Edmonton previewed at public meeting

A rendering of the Quarters Hotel and Residences. (Alldritt Land Corporation)

Plans for an 80-storey condo tower proposed for the Quarters in downtown Edmonton were presented to the public Monday evening.

The Quarters Hotel and Residences would tower over Jasper Avenue and Grierson Hill Road, bordered on the west by the Shaw Conference Centre and on the east by 96th Street.

The building would be the tallest in Edmonton. The Stantec Tower stretches 66 storeys and is expected to open in 2018.

But the architect behind the new project, Brad Kennedy says despite the height, the river valley will still be in sight for people below.

"We designed the podium of the tower to be transparent, so the only piece of the tower that blocks six-and-a-half per cent of the view is the core for the elevators and the stairwells," said Kennedy.

"Everything else is completely clear, so you can walk along Jasper Avenue and you can see down through the tower to the whole river valley."

The project would include a hotel, condominiums, restaurants, fitness facilities, shops and two publicly accessible parks, stretching over 100,000 square feet.

Several amendments to the land-use bylaw would need to be made for the project to be approved, including removing a portion of the site from the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan.

The Quarters Hotel and Residence would stand between Jasper Avenue and Grierson Hill next to the Shaw Conference Centre. (Alldritt Land Corporation)

Alf White is a long-time resident of the neighbourhood and president of the Boyle Street Community League.

"I know that Boyle Street has had a bad reputation for the violence in the past. But that's changed now. I've been here for 10 years now and I've seen it change, a very positive change."

Alf White, president of the Boyle Street Community League, hopes the building brings more people to his neighbourhood.

After looking at plans and pictures, he's excited about the future of his neighbourhood.

"With developments like this, and the Armature, and the Quarters development, we hope and the board hopes when people say, 'You live in Boyle Street? Cool.' "

The developers, Alldritt Land Corporation LP, will have to go before city council to get approval for rezoning. They hope to do that by next fall.