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Revitalization - 101 Ave

Our civics director has investigated a couple ideas and you’re input is important!

Transforming Former Gas Station Sites

Wouldn’t it be great if the two vacant lots along 101 Ave (one beside Grower Direct and one near St. Kevin’s) could be turned into beautiful community gathering places? The City of Edmonton offers a redevelopment grant for under-utilized former gas station sites. Some preliminary investigation has been done and depending on interest, it is possible that at least one of them could be converted for community use.

What would you like to see here? Benches, raised garden beds, solar lights, artwork, mobile food options, a gathering spot for everyone including seniors and children? We would like to know if and how you would use this space and what you would like to see.

Dream big! Most importantly, we need to know if there would be volunteers willing to work on it. Almost everything the community league does is driven by volunteers so if the interest isn’t there, those lots will continue to sit. But if this is something that interests you, please contact civics@forestterrace.org or Angela at (780) 885-9529. Any interest or background in landscape design and community spaces is especially appreciated!

101 Avenue Business Revitalization

Residents (and customers) want to see safe, interesting, and attractive places to shop, dine, and conduct business locally. Revitalization has already begun along the east end of 101 Ave with Capilano Mall, Starbucks, Two Sisters Yoga, H & W Produce, the Fulton Ravine Skate park, the upcoming library in Terrace Heights, and more. Along the west end of 101 Ave, Patricia Motel will (hopefully) be placed with seniors apartments. Now is the perfect time to think about revitalizing the businesses in between.

A business revitalization zone provides an opportunity for neighbourhood businesses to work together to attract customers and enhance an area through streetscape improvements, joint promotions and festivals, economic development initiatives, the facade improvement program, and the development incentive program. Mature neighbourhoods that undergo business revitalization usually report increased foot traffic, increased sales and property values as well as happier customers and employees.

If you are a business owner along 101 Ave and you would like to discuss revitalization, please contact civics@forestterrace.org or call Angela at (780) 885-9529.

If you are a fan of a local business (a hidden gem perhaps?) and you would like to see them do even better, then let them know about this initiative and have them contact us. Or perhaps you would just like to share your support for a beloved business. Let us know! We want to support our local businesses!

 

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