In light of recent events on the development along 86 Street between 112 ave and 113, Parkdale Cromdale Community Leauge contacted the developer and expressed our concerns over the security and management of those properties on August 28, 2019. We have received a formal response from Capitaland Development and Management Ltd on September 4, 2019:
Parkdale / Cromdale Community League 11335 85 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5B 4S1
Re: Community Concerns for 11216, 11220, 11224, 11228, 11232, 11234, 11238,
11240, and 11242 86 Street NW
This letter is in response to the community concerns sent by email to Invistec Consulting on August 28, 2019.
I understand the above mentioned properties have been considered nuisance properties within the neighbourhood for a significant time. The properties have a negative image in the community due to the previous owner, which I want to remedy through the proposed development. I have appreciated the Parkdale / Cromdale community’s collaboration on the proposed development and working with myself and my consulting team in addressing the community members’ concerns.
The following are responses to the concerns indicated in the email received from the Parkdale / Cromdale Community League.
Tentative / Updated Timeline for Demolition
Structures constructed prior to 1980 in the Province of Alberta are required to conduct asbestos testing prior to demolition and remediate any asbestos that are found. We have been conducting asbestos testing over the summer to support the demolition applications. As of September 4, 2019, we have confirmed negative asbestos testing for 11228, 11232, and 11234 86 Street. In the coming months, we will be continuing to conduct testing on the remaining properties (11238, 11240, and 11242 86 Street). We have also been working with the tenant in 11232 86 Street to find alternative accommodations, who recently moved out on September 3, 2019.
We are currently applying for demolition permits for 11228, 11232, and 11234, and securing a contractor to demolish all structures on 11224, 11228, 11232, and 11234 by tentatively October 11, 2019.
Our end goal is to demolish of the structures on all the properties and secure them with a fence, but time is required to complete the asbestos testing to meet the provincial regulations. We appreciate the continued patience of the community. We are continuing to try to secure the vacant structures through boarding all accesses and fencing the perimeter. We will be continuing to monitor the properties, but if a community member identifies an issue, please bring it to my attention so that it can be addressed in a timely manner.
Alleged Parking for Stadium Events
I would like to confirm that I have not been facilitating illegal parking on any of my properties during stadium events. I am concerned about the alleged parking on my properties and will be monitoring the situation. The next stadium event is on September 7, 2019, which I will be checking my properties to confirm that no one is advertising my properties as a parking lot for profit. If there is illegal parking on my properties, I will be contacting the City of Edmonton Police and will notify the Community League of the issue.
Security of Properties
We understand there are many concerns about the securing of the properties. I have been continuously working with my property management company to secure the properties and installing a fence along the perimeter. Unfortunately, not all measures have been successful. At this time, we can only monitor the properties and resecure them if they are broken into. I understand the communities concerns and appreciate the patience as the end goal is to demolish all structures.
As the Community League is aware, there was a fire on August 15, 2019, in the single family house on 11240 which damaged the adjacent properties. Fire Investigation has completed the investigation but unfortunately, due to the Freedom of Information and Protection (FOIP) Act, they are unable to disclose this information. I have requested a FOIP request through the City of Edmonton to attempt to access information about the fire. I will update the community if any information is received from the FOIP request.
After the fire, the City of Edmonton Safety Codes issued an order to resecure the property that was impacted by the fire. As of August 23, 2019, I received a letter from the Safety Codes Officer indicating the conditions of the order have been met, resulting in the file being closed. I am continuing the regular monitoring of the properties to ensure that the structures remain secure and unbreached.
Continuous Communication and Update
I understand throughout the rezoning process, my consultant, Invistec Consulting has been in continuous communication with the Community League. I desire to continue this relationship with the Community League throughout the demolition, permitting, construction, and completion of the project. As the project progresses, there will be regular updates to the Community League on progress and timelines. As noted above, some of the concerns remain unresolved, but once we get more information we will pass it on to the Community League, such as the alleged illegal parking and demolition timelines.
I look forward to future communication and partnership opportunities with the Parkdale / Cromdale Community League. I appreciate the patience and understanding the community has had with the properties. I am committed to making this project a success for the community, therefore, if there are any additional concerns or questions, please feel free to contact myself or Invistec Consulting.
Capitaland Development and Management Ltd.
We were informed that the demolition permits for 11232, 11232 and 11234 were submitted on September 6, 2019 and waiting for approval. Capitaland Development and Management Ltd. had also selected Easter Horizon Construction Ltd. to complete demolition.