Saskatoon

Plaza at River Landing development in Saskatoon opens to public

The plaza is named for retired University of Saskatchewan professor and developer Karim Nasser.

K.W. Nasser Plaza intended to be crown jewel of the development

The K.W. Nasser plaza at the River Landing development in Saskatoon officially opened on Aug. 3, 2021. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC News)

The public portion of a long gestating Saskatoon development officially opened Tuesday. 

The K.W. Nasser Plaza is intended to be a world-class crown jewel for the River Landing development complex.

It will serve as the public portion of the multi-phased $300-million development which is set against the South Saskatchewan River. 

Development started back in 2010, although there has been a push to develop the area since at the least the 1980s.

In 2010, Saskatoon-based developer Victory Majors paid the city $5.2 million to purchase the site. 

The plaza is named after the man who founded Victory Majors, former University of Saskatchewan professor and developer Karim Nasser.

Former University of Saskatchewan professor and Saskatoon developer Karim Nasser stands in the plaza named after him on Aug. 3, 2021. K.W. Nasser Plaza is located at the River Landing development in Saskatoon. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC News)

Nasser was on-hand for the opening event on Tuesday and said he was so happy to see the project open to the public and with so many people there post-COVID-19.  

"I am out of this world. I am somewhere else watching you, everybody," he said.

"I'm very grateful for all of those who made it."

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark attended the event. He said the opening of the plaza was a good sign for the future of the city. 

"The fact that it's done, we can finally take down the construction fencing that's been up for what feels like a decade and open it up to the public. It's a really great day, especially as we come out of the pandemic," said Clark.

Along with the plaza, the River Landing development consists of a hotel condo building and two office towers. 

One of the office towers, the 18-storey Nutrien Tower, is the tallest building in the province. 

An artist's rendition of the K.W. Plaza at the River Landing development in Saskatoon. (Triovest/Nadi Design)

At the centre of it all is the plaza, designed by Winnipeg-based Nadi Design and overseen by Toronto-based Triovest, the overall site developer, 

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