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    Strathcona Home Depot is a ten minute drive away.
    Only 15-17 minutes to Meadows.
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    Driving is one thing. But if Bonnie Doon wants to transform into an urbanista wet dream they should include onsite retailers such as a hardware store, grocery, liquor store, gym, etc.
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    From Bonnie Doon you have quite a distance to 4 Home Depot's. Prime spot for a competitor, right in the middle of teardown/renovation neighbourhoods.
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    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill

    I attended a by-invitation open house/preview of Bonnie Doon's plans the other evening (or at least their plans for making plans). Let's play a little game:

    How long has the Valley Line alignment been confirmed? - loooong time
    How many conversations has the CoE had about how citizens will get from the LRT stop to the Mall? How will the two integrate? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard simply asking them what their long term plans might someday be? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard about issues raised in this article? - 0

    The level of ineptitude is hard to fathom.

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    Who was conducting the meeting?

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    Morguard.

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    Infill better around malls, real estate folks say. Except they usually do a crappy design job, even at the best Western Canadian malls, IMO:
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill

    I attended a by-invitation open house/preview of Bonnie Doon's plans the other evening (or at least their plans for making plans). Let's play a little game:

    How long has the Valley Line alignment been confirmed? - loooong time
    How many conversations has the CoE had about how citizens will get from the LRT stop to the Mall? How will the two integrate? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard simply asking them what their long term plans might someday be? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard about issues raised in this article? - 0

    The level of ineptitude is hard to fathom.
    Is the issue with the City not proposing rezoning of their land, or is it the Mall owner's issue by not approaching the City that they have a new concept? It's tough for the City to take a privately owned piece of land that isn't subdivided or have roads through it, and ask them to do something completely different, densify, add plaza/park space, or reduce parking or make new road / entry configurations.

    In most cases where a train line has been for a while, or is coming, the mall owner will approach the City for a rezoning application and propose something that demands its own mini "area plan" and long public consultations. Mall owners are notorious sticks in the mud in the urban design realm.
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    The city should be doing blanket-rezoning of residential streets around the LRT corridor and stops, the mall can deal with their own rezoning.

    The city should be approaching major land owners about access to and through their properties when a major change like LRT occurs. There's opportunity for cooperation on lots of things: pedestrian over/underpasses,
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    ^One day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenWhy? View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill

    I attended a by-invitation open house/preview of Bonnie Doon's plans the other evening (or at least their plans for making plans). Let's play a little game:

    How long has the Valley Line alignment been confirmed? - loooong time
    How many conversations has the CoE had about how citizens will get from the LRT stop to the Mall? How will the two integrate? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard simply asking them what their long term plans might someday be? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard about issues raised in this article? - 0

    The level of ineptitude is hard to fathom.
    Is the issue with the City not proposing rezoning of their land, or is it the Mall owner's issue by not approaching the City that they have a new concept? It's tough for the City to take a privately owned piece of land that isn't subdivided or have roads through it, and ask them to do something completely different, densify, add plaza/park space, or reduce parking or make new road / entry configurations.

    In most cases where a train line has been for a while, or is coming, the mall owner will approach the City for a rezoning application and propose something that demands its own mini "area plan" and long public consultations. Mall owners are notorious sticks in the mud in the urban design realm.
    Listen, I get it. Morguard is not blameless. But, of course, they are not ELECTED and EMPLOYED by the citizens of Edmonton to operate on their behalf. Didn't you just write somewhere about getting on Ben Hen for not considering this section of the Valley Line a corridor and zone appropriately in advance of construction? I have contacted employees of Morguard twice over the last year (not the right ones unfortunately) in order to begin talking about what the plan looks like. And I'm just a guy who lives nearby.

    It must be quite a work out carrying this much water for the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GenWhy? View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill

    I attended a by-invitation open house/preview of Bonnie Doon's plans the other evening (or at least their plans for making plans). Let's play a little game:

    How long has the Valley Line alignment been confirmed? - loooong time
    How many conversations has the CoE had about how citizens will get from the LRT stop to the Mall? How will the two integrate? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard simply asking them what their long term plans might someday be? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard about issues raised in this article? - 0

    The level of ineptitude is hard to fathom.
    Is the issue with the City not proposing rezoning of their land, or is it the Mall owner's issue by not approaching the City that they have a new concept? It's tough for the City to take a privately owned piece of land that isn't subdivided or have roads through it, and ask them to do something completely different, densify, add plaza/park space, or reduce parking or make new road / entry configurations.

    In most cases where a train line has been for a while, or is coming, the mall owner will approach the City for a rezoning application and propose something that demands its own mini "area plan" and long public consultations. Mall owners are notorious sticks in the mud in the urban design realm.
    Listen, I get it. Morguard is not blameless. But, of course, they are not ELECTED and EMPLOYED by the citizens of Edmonton to operate on their behalf. Didn't you just write somewhere about getting on Ben Hen for not considering this section of the Valley Line a corridor and zone appropriately in advance of construction? I have contacted employees of Morguard twice over the last year (not the right ones unfortunately) in order to begin talking about what the plan looks like. And I'm just a guy who lives nearby.

    It must be quite a work out carrying this much water for the city.
    For the Councillor it would be easier and with more results to go after small lots, to allow/zone for people to be able to assemble them, and proposed mixed-use or mid-rise apartments.
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    Why should "the councillor" assemble lots?

    Fine-grained redevelopment is better, just rezone the closest blocks to LRT stations for low-rise apartments, the next ring of blocks for all sorts of townhouses stacked, suited or otherwise, and let the market go to work.

    It's on a large block like the mall where more direct involvement is called for. Like requesting/requiring a mid-block all-hours pedestrian corridor through the site from the station to the neighbourhood to the west. You don't need to do that in a typical neighbourhood of small lots.
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    ^Precisely, both call for a different approach - the mall needs more direct intervention and coordination with Staff/owners to plan, but a Overall Area Plan or guidelines has to be in place, and Mr. Henderson and Staff knew the LRT would be here, so what's the plan and the hold up? Spend the 5 years making a Bonnie Doon Town Centre Plan (when the route was approved) or a LRT corridor plan. For years I've heard councillors and mayors talk about this approach of corridor rezoning. If you rezone the area around the station(s), then folks will develop as they gradually will, assemble lots to built larger structures, will build less parking if it's in the plan, more street-oriented townhomes if its in the plan, reduced setbacks... the mall presented I bet a lacklustre low density retail add-on where the Sears currently sits empty because that's the model, that's where things are currently at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenWhy? View Post
    Infill better around malls, real estate folks say. Except they usually do a crappy design job, even at the best Western Canadian malls, IMO:
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill
    Of course, an existing mall on a new LRT line is the very best opportunity, said the authors. But a site with a grocery store, movie theatre and other commercial amenities with a good road connection and a bus terminal has greater appeal than an LRT station without shopping, they wrote.
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    Some sketches of the mall overhaul.
    http://edmontonjournal.com/business/...nnie-doon-mall

    This looks promising, but doesn't line up at all with the car-oriented big box renderings they've already released.

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    ^
    In the past, several Edmonton malls have been reluctant to work with the city on LRT stations, but Morguard is the opposite, seeing the station as a crucial component of the project. In Port Coquitlam, B.C., Morguard lobbied hard to have a station put in at a major mall, both so the mall could get more customers and the mass transit line could get more passengers. To entice the city, Morguard offered free land and a subsidy to the local government.

    It’s key that the train is running at ground level, Knowles says, as opposed to being elevated, which would greatly limit accessibility: “The feel of it would be totally different.”
    Bonnie Doon is better than Southgate and Kingsway Mall!

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    In the past, several Edmonton malls have been reluctant to work with the city on LRT stations, but Morguard is the opposite, seeing the station as a crucial component of the project. In Port Coquitlam, B.C., Morguard lobbied hard to have a station put in at a major mall, both so the mall could get more customers and the mass transit line could get more passengers. To entice the city, Morguard offered free land and a subsidy to the local government.
    Promising.... especially given that the LRT took up some of their parking spaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Bonnie Doon is better than Southgate and Kingsway Mall!
    With respect to LRT access, Southgate Mall is alright.

    Kingsway is laughable ( as is the whole Metro line ).

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    More like cryable. That sad.

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    Whatever they decide to do I'm sure the COE will go in right up over their heads and muck it all up for them.

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    I don't follow 100%. Coquitlam Centre did not lose a lot of parking, nor is the interaction with the SkyTrain that great at all at Lincoln Station and is no better or maybe worse than Southgate Station. It's also located in Coquitlam, not Port Coquitlam. So if Morguard is using Lincoln Station as an exemplary precedent of their inclusion of mass transit then I'm cautiously optimistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Whatever they decide to do I'm sure the COE will go in right up over their heads and muck it all up for them.
    Well according to Morguard they did it right by putting the platform at grade. Go figure.
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    ^To allow a more seamless integration of pedestrian, retail, transit connectivity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...related-infill

    I attended a by-invitation open house/preview of Bonnie Doon's plans the other evening (or at least their plans for making plans). Let's play a little game:

    How long has the Valley Line alignment been confirmed? - loooong time
    How many conversations has the CoE had about how citizens will get from the LRT stop to the Mall? How will the two integrate? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard simply asking them what their long term plans might someday be? - 0
    How many conversations has the CoE had with Morguard about issues raised in this article? - 0

    The level of ineptitude is hard to fathom.
    This is the same issue they had when they built the Grant MacEwan Campus except when it was too late
    This is the same issue they had with Southgate except when it was too late
    This is the same issue they had with Kingsway Mall except when it was too late

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    Rehosting the sketches from the Journal article.




    I'm skeptical if anything this great comes out of this... but man if this even turned out remotely close to these sketches it'd be a huge boon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron_Lloyd View Post
    but man if this even turned out remotely close to these sketches it'd be a huge boon.
    A Bonnie Doon boon, you might say. Hopefully soon.

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    Top_Dawg is hopeful.

    But highly skeptical as well.

    Top_Dawg envisions a train pulling up along side a big parking lot with a oversize Stitches store as backdrop.


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    Man, I would love to see such a design. Many other cities have proper TOD with high rise Condos integrated with shops, a mall and underground parking coupled with LRT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    Top_Dawg envisions a train pulling up along side a big parking lot with a oversize Stitches store as backdrop.
    There is already a train sitting in a big parking lot with an oversize Stitches store as a backdrop.
    It's a mockup, but it's there.

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    Pretty pictures. Like a postcard from some alternate future universe where COE is a competent partner in transit oriented development.

    Standing at the LRT station of this urban utopia I turn my gaze east where a new twin arena was completed in 2019 (on the site of a formerly super-busy outdoor soccer/lacrosse field), a rinky dink playground was built as a sop to surrounding communities, and a sixty year old pool continues it's decline into decrepitude despite lots of opportunity to build a robust rec centre on the new train line as a way to service the thousands of new residents in what is arguably the largest residential infill development corridor in the city. How's that for planning?

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    Site Plan and possibly rezoning/permits by 2020-2022. They'll start with the easy stuff first. They are most likely pretty pictures until after 2030.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    Top_Dawg is hopeful.

    But highly skeptical as well.

    Top_Dawg envisions a train pulling up along side a big parking lot with a oversize Stitches store as backdrop.

    Yeah, get ready to lift a leg, Dawg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    Top_Dawg is hopeful.

    But highly skeptical as well.

    Top_Dawg envisions a train pulling up along side a big parking lot with a oversize Stitches store as backdrop.

    Yeah, get ready to lift a leg, Dawg.
    Lots of talk of a hardware store. You know what hardware store Edmonton does not have? Home Hardware.

    The renderings of the Bonnie Doon redevelopment reminds me of something...I think I've seen this somewhere before...something Sodosopa:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l242...vVYKEFDFhswhoo


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    These renders look great and would be awesome to see come to life. Now with that said, considering what I saw and posted before, I am not going to hold my breath about seeing any of this for at least another 10 years from now. If this idea actually makes it past the pretty picture phase then this could be a major improvement to the area. Right now all I see is a big big IF.
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