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City unveils four concepts for future redevelopment of Exhibition Lands

The city has unveiled four generalized concepts for redevelopment of the Exhibition Lands, with ideas that range from an aquarium to a soccer stadium.

Current site includes Coliseum, Borden Park, Northlands Park, Coliseum LRT station and Expo Centre

An artist's concept shows one of the four potential visions for the future of the Exhibition Lands. (City of Edmonton)

The city has unveiled four generalized concepts for redevelopment of the Exhibition Lands, with ideas that range from an aquarium to a soccer stadium.

The land includes the site of the Coliseum, Borden Park, Northlands Park casino and track, the Coliseum LRT station and the Edmonton Expo Centre.

To show off the new concepts and take feedback from the public, the city hosted a presentation Tuesday at the Bellevue community hall, 7308 112th Ave., which is adjacent to Borden Park.

Each concept imagines a different level of residential and commercial use. They differ in the degree of public and private investment that would be needed to build them. The ideas presented include an Indigenous wellness centre, a soccer stadium and an aquarium.

The timelines range from 15 to 30 years.

Four concepts set the stage for 'what could be':

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One concept proposes that the city sell most of the land for private development.

Two concepts call for a significant expansion of Borden Park. One envisions investments to create a "new urban community" and leave space for amenities and events with regional appeal. Both of those concepts suggest moving the Coliseum LRT station one block south to 117th Avenue.

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Karen Gingras, a resident of the Boyle neighbourhood, said she was glad the city is consulting the public. She said the redevelopment will be a long-term project requiring a vision, which she hopes stays consistent throughout the years.

"A lot of risk as council changes, as bureaucracy changes," Gingras said.

Regine Maier said she liked the idea of an aquarium and a possible expansion of Borden Park, but preferred some mix of the concepts over any one in particular.

"Something really interesting for most people that would be a great draw and fit to the park," Maier said.

An Exhibition Lands report is expected be presented to the city's urban planning committee on Nov. 13.

Travis.mcewan@cbc.ca

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