In 2010, City Council set a vision for the redevelopment of the former airport lands. They envisioned building a leading sustainable community in the heart of the city where up to 30,000 Edmontonians will live, work, learn and play.
A truly sustainable community considers all the elements that will improve the quality of life for the people who call it home. The City of Edmonton is designing the new community, named Blatchford, to be a vibrant and livable neighbourhood that is also economically and environmentally healthy and resilient.
Each phase of the project will look at the social, environmental and economic outcomes. For example, the City has plans in place to reduce the impact on the environment from the demolition of the runways and some of the buildings currently on site. Materials from the demolition will be handled in a variety of ways including:
– Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to remove reusable items like cupboards and furniture from the buildings for use in their ReStore retail outlets.
– Crushing the runway material on site and reusing it for construction.
– Ensuring that 80 per cent of the materials from the demolished buildings are either reused or recycled.
Check out the latest project updates and learn out how Blatchford will meet all three pillars of sustainability in the Blatchford quarterly newsletter.