Century Park is a very important development for Ward 10, and I’m eager to see it grow to its full potential. The community has also been waiting patiently for this work to begin, and we might be starting to see a light at the end of that tunnel.
As residents who live in the area know, progress has been somewhat slow in developing the Century Park site. The existing Park and Ride is not permanent; it was created on a 10-year lease with the landowner, and we are currently in year 5 of that agreement.
The developer who owns the land is beginning to move towards development. Permits have been issued for the construction of the road on the site, and clean up work has also begun. Subdivision permits have also been approved for some of the towers.
As development occurs on the site, parking at the Park and Ride will be reduced. The developer plans to include some options for paid parking to offset this, but the stalls will not be as numerous as they currently are. This will make the City’s on-going Transit Review even more important.
If we cannot figure out a way to efficiently move people to the LRT line from their neighbourhoods and the exterior of the City, we could see a major problem with parking in the future. I will be working actively with our Transportation department and the Office of Public Engagement to develop a plan that will make Park and Ride facilities less necessary for those who already live in Edmonton.
I will be posting updates monthly on the developments at Century Park to keep residents apprised of what is going on in the area. This process has been a long one, but we are now seeing some progress towards a transit-oriented, vibrant development at Century Park.