Land swap with CMHA approved
Despite some opposition, council has approved a land swap that will make way for a new Canadian Mental Health Association housing facility downtown.
CMHA will get the land on 98 Street where the Community Garden used to be for some vacant land a block to the east (see picture).
Council approved the exchange by a 5-3 vote. Councillors McLean, O’Toole and Rice were opposed. Councillor Tarant was absent.
The opponents say putting up the proposed, 65-unit housing facility in that location was the wrong move and may hurt downtown businesses.
Those in favour say this adds land to a piece already owned by the city and may make a better space for another project. They also believe this is a good chance for CMHA clients to be within walking distance of possible jobs, pharmacies and a grocery store.
Concerns over proposed development
Some concerns came up over a proposed west side development at last night’s city council meeting.
The proposed Kensington development, which would be located south of the railway tracks, north of 76 Avenue and west of 116 Street, would include almost 1200 dwelling units; houses, manufactured homes and some multi-family units. A pair of natural wetlands in the area would be preserved and some new park space added.
Concerns from nearby property owners included possible cutting into the wetlands, building houses where a big trench was dug for a sewer line and traffic impacts on 116 Street and 68 Avenue.
A public hearing on zoning changes to allow the development will continue at council’s September 18 meeting.
New pedestrian lights for downtown intersection approved
Council has approved spending just over $300,000 on pedestrian lights at 98 Street and 101 Avenue.
The plan also includes a pedestrian island on the northwest corner and changes to the right turn lane on southbound 98 Street.
The lights would be activated by pedestrians.